If you are reading this and you are from the Philippines, you’ve been inside your houses for more than a month already. And as you wait for the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to devolve into general community quarantine (GCQ) with a set of rules on how to live your life in public spaces, you might start to develop attitudes you may not be aware of.
Know and understand the times
Don’t just be afraid about anything. It’s easy to fall prey with every kind of fear you find in social media these days; where the loudest noise drowns out the truth until all you hear are everything that’s totally false. See to it that every information you consume comes from a credible source, and better yet, make sure to really get the information from the primary source.
A bounce-back post-coronavirus may not be possible right away. I stumbled upon a publication from Newsweek which states that social distancing due to coronavirus could last into 2022 as suggested by a Harvard study. In this regard, you must temper your expectations in the premise that too much expectation leads to unwarranted emotions when such expectation is unmet.
If you study about pandemics that happened throughout the history, there’s also a possibility of resurgence before they finally end. So if you are planning for a bounce-back post-coronavirus, be realistic.
Know your position in the Lord Jesus Christ
Do not fear for God will deliver and protect you. He promised that he will save you from the deadly pestilence.
For He will save you from the trap of the fowler, and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you and completely protect you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.
Psalm 91:3-4 AMP
Do not fear for the danger will not come near you. Fear is actually a choice. So as standing in faith. If you will put your focus on who God is and his faithfulness in your life, fear will never get a hold of your heart.
You will not be afraid of the terror of night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction (sudden death) that lays waste at noon. A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but danger will not come near you. You will only [be a spectator as you] look on with your eyes and witness the [divine] repayment of the wicked [as you watch safely from the shelter of the Most High].
Psalm 91:5-8 AMP
Be a part of the solution
Think before you react. When bitterness in your heart takes root, it will eventually sprout and grow into madness.
Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid against the Negeb and against Ziklag. They had overcome Ziklag and burned it with fire and taken captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great. They killed no one, but carried them off and went their way. And when David and his men came to the city, they found it burned with fire, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep. David’s two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
1 Samuel 30:1-6 ESV
As Pastor Sumrall said, no one in the leadership positions have dealt with this kind of situation before. Just like in 1 Samuel 30:1-6, David’s people was at the brink of doing a lizard brain response which is to lash out because of the bitterness they felt. And who was the easy target for their bitterness? Their leader. But did David cause the captivity of their wives and sons and daughters? Obviously no. That’s the same thing when the coronavirus hit our country. No one ever wanted this to happen. With that, you must resist to go the easy way which is to blame the government about everything.
If you are the one who could make decisions for the Philippines, what is it that you could have done differently?
Actions speak louder than words. If you really want to help the country in this situation, do not wait for the spotlight or the red carpet to roll out. Step up and be a part of the solution.
The hard lesson here is that it always pays off to be prepared in an uncertain world (be it in health, energy, and emergency response).
Adapt to the situation. You already heard about the saying “life is a constant change“. Now that you are standing face to face with change, how are you coping up? It was truly challenging to change your daily routine once the community quarantine was implemented. But now, you just realized that there are just things you can do without. As Pastor Sumrall said, it’s like hitting a reset button in life. So maybe, if you want to restart with your life, now’s the best time.
But is the fear of the unknown putting too much pressure on you? What are the changes that you have to go through? Are you about to lose your job? Will there be a change in your work arrangements? Is your business barely thriving?
How to handle pressure? While you are counting off the days before the general community quarantine (GCQ), sit down and think through the things you must do. After that, write your plan and work your plan. Consider your next steps on how to live your life with the new social norms. If you understand the times, you will know what to do. Be like the tribe of Issachar.
Of the tribe of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, two hundred chiefs; and all their relatives were at their command;
1 Chronicles 12:32 AMP
How to adapt with whatever circumstances you’re in? Be content.
Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need.
Philippians 4:11-12 AMP
Be filled with hope. When you are so full of Jesus, everything you say will be encouraging to everyone around you.
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Matthew 12:34 ESV
Be a source of hope. How? By pointing everyone to Jesus. How? By reminding them of God’s promises of protection.
“Because he set his love on Me, therefore I will save him; I will set him [securely] on high, because he knows My name [he confidently trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never abandon him, no, never]. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.
Psalm 91:14-15 AMP
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