I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms have been mild. At different times throughout the week I’ve had a low-grade fever, a headache, and a loss of taste and smell. I feel pretty normal at the moment.
I’ve been asked to quarantine for 14 days from the time of my first symptom. This means, among other things, that I can’t work or leave my house. Honestly, I’m looking forward to catching up on some reading and writing as I feel like books and ideas have been piling up. I’ll also get to spend some time with my wife and daughters. Two of my daughters are learning to read and my wife and I are in the process of buying our first home. Needless to say, I have a lot to look forward to during this time.
Thus far, I consider myself blessed to have experienced mild symptoms. Like everyone else, I’ve heard horror stories. I know many lives have ended because of this virus. I also realize I’m less susceptible to the negative effects of it because of my age; therefore, I want to be as gracious as I can be about this post. I don’t want to sound like I’m celebrating a victory. I realize many people won’t get to celebrate at all.
My goal with this post is to speak directly into one aspect of this virus that I refuse to take hold of me. It has practically plagued everyone, even those without the virus. The aspect I speak of is fear. Fear has had enough publicity and needs to go back to the demonic realm it came from.
Not long ago, I published a post titled “5 Ways to Overcome Anxiety During the Coronavirus Crisis.” I still stand by those words but want to provide some additional thoughts now that the virus has hit home. In what follows, I’d like to share with you some reasons why I’m choosing not to fear while quarantined with COVID-19.
1. I serve a God who created heaven and earth.
The very first words of the Bible say, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). I find so much comfort in this verse because it tells me that the Creator God is in control of all I see. Life is not a cosmic accident headed toward an unknown future. God has a plan and purpose for that which He created. Just a few verses later, the Bible tells us that God created humanity and commanded them to be fruitful, multiply, and exercise dominion (Genesis 1:26-28). That’s crazy! God actually delegated some of His authority to us. Human life is obviously valuable in His eyes. Therefore, I’m choosing to place my faith in the Creator God rather than succumbing to fear of things beyond my knowledge or control.
2. I serve a God who is sovereign over wars, governments, natural disasters, and yes, even the coronavirus.
God could end this virus right now. He could completely heal my body and the bodies living under my roof. He could heal our country and world. If He can stop the roaring of a raging sea by a word (Mark 4:39), He can eradicate the spread of a virus by one, too.
In the simplest sense, His sovereignty means that nothing happens unless He allows it or orchestrates it. There is no one else in all creation (not even myself) that I’d want to have that much authority. I feel completely at ease knowing the lover of my soul is ruling and reigning on His throne.
3. I serve a God who has told me not to fear.
The command not to fear is given more than any other command in the Bible. Why? Because God knows that life is scary. I’ll quote one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament, but know that there are plenty more.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
4. I serve a God who will walk with me into eternity, should I die.
I’m being a little extreme on this point, but many people feel that to contract the coronavirus means certain death. My wife recalls her dad routinely sharing a piece of advice with her during childhood. The advice always came up during difficult situations and may seem gloomy to many, yet, the more I think about it, the more I believe he was spot on. He’d always ask her the question, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Then, he’d answer his own question by stating, “You die. Big deal!”
Of course, death isn’t a big deal. Unless you haven’t surrendered to Jesus. If you are a Christian, however, you are promised so much bliss in eternity that this life pales in comparison (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). Therefore, I’m not allowing fear to tell me that my life is on the line. After all, I gave up the right to my life when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.