As the whole world is practicing social distancing with many being in quarantine the corona virus is on everyone’s lips and minds. There is no way to lessen the fear and anxiety that comes along with this pandemic. But how do we, who suffer from mental illnesses in which anxiety is already a factor deal with this added stress?
We all need to follow our country’s protocol to stay safe and, hopefully, put an end to this pandemic. We need to wash our hands, social distance, and use common sense when it comes to going out for groceries and such. That being said, these guidelines do a little to quell our anxious minds, but not enough.
Prayer, leaning into God, reading Scripture, and knowing God is in control will ease our anxiety better than any hygiene practice. We need to remind ourselves that God has this. He knows what’s going on. He knows the fear and anxiety we are suffering through. He knows. By leaning on Him, we will know peace. God’s peace.
When our anxiety is so big and overpowering, we need to pray. Psalm 91 is a prayer of protection. Pray it over yourself, over your family, over your loved ones and friends. Trust that through that prayer, God hears. God answers. We are not to fear anything but in our weakness, we find strength. We can do nothing apart from God. That includes facing our fears and anxieties concerning this pandemic. We are more than conquerors is Christ Jesus! Nothing this world throws at us can ever change who we are. We are mighty through the shed blood of Christ! We are more powerful than this virus because we draw our strength through Jesus. He is in control!
We must not let this crisis over shine the resurrection of our Lord. He conquered the grave and gave us a precious gift. The gift of eternal life. When you are tempted to worry. When fear grips you and your anxiety is out of control…remember, God is in control and He’s got this!