During these current “uncertain” times with the world outbreak of the coronaviris, it is “certain” that God has the whole world in His hands. Yes, these are serious days, yet let’s not walk in fear but have a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). This week, I suddenly starting humming “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” one of my favorite childhood lullabies. It is necessary to remind ourselves that the Lord reigns (Psalm 93:1). Like one big family, we will get through this crisis together, cause God’s got us.
As a family under God, we identify our common humanity and limitations, but we have unity. In the sense of an American or universal inner circle, we are better together. Church families, schools, businesses and communities are unified in solidarity. Despite numerous cancellations, we don’t cancel our love and care for each other. Such care can be contagious. Of course, we are reasonably concerned, but we maintain an inner faith, casting all our cares upon the Lord (1 Peter 5:7). We’re in our Father’s hands, y’all.
In His hands, our precious elderly and adorable kids are some of the top priorities. Let’s be strong for them. We owe it to them, as this is our commitment and dedication. No one has volunteered for their routines to be interrupted, but what a teachable moment for us all.
And so, it’s necessary to teach kids lifelong lessons about unexpected and unpredictable situations, interpreting happenings on their levels. Let’s help to maximize their sense of innocence and childlike play. This time, school closings don’t have the same excitement as a snow day.
In addition, caring adults anticipate kids’ needs. While schools are closed (and continuously), let’s create optimal opportunities to assist children in retaining scholastic concepts and help to keep the motivation for learning kindled. Also, let’s instill the importance of remembering the Creator in the days of their youth (Ecclesiastes 12:1).
Good old-fashioned advice: Please know that your future is not resting in the hands of a few officials and leaders. We do, however, appreciate them and their great work. Don’t bow your head in hopelessness and despair. Look up.
Final thought: With limited outings, have such things overtaken God’s place in our lives?
Prayer of affirmation: We rise up in faith. Our hope is in the Lord. We refuse to live in fear and panic. We are covered under God’s mantle of care and embraced by His love. We are assured that we will get through this. Our help comes from the Lord (Psalm 121:2). We rest in God’s healing hands. To God be the glory.
In Christ’s name and for His sake, Amen.
Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at email@example.com.