COVID-19 has impacted us all in different ways. Businesses are closing, workers are being laid off, people are home alone experiencing loneliness and depression, many are afraid and some have even lost their lives. It would be irresponsible to pretend this pandemic is in any way a “blessing in disguise.” However, one life-changing thing that happens during a crisis is we are reminded of what’s most important, and we are called to courageously respond to those reminders.
C. S. Lewis once said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
What’s so impactful about a season of loss, whether it’s loss of income, health, security or community, is that in losing those things, you actually rediscover how important they are to your life.
Here are three crucial reminders we’ve been forced to reevaluate because of COVID-19:
1. We are human first
Super Tuesday was less than two weeks before the CDC first recommended social distancing. Leading up to the Presidential Primaries, America was more divided than it has been in a very long time. But nothing brings people together like a crisis.
The Bible teaches that “our fight is not against flesh and blood” (Eph. 6:12). That truth is one we often forget, but this pandemic has given us a tangible representation of it.
This virus has reminded us that before we’re Republican or Democrat; before we’re black or white; before we’re American, Italian or Chinese, we are human, and we have to look out for each other.
By taking away the things that make us human — freedom, human connection, and so on — COVID-19 has really made us human again.
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