The definition of “contagion” – noun
- “the communication of disease by direct or indirect contact”
- “the ready transmission or spread as of an idea or emotion from person to person”
In our prudent diligence, and warranted sensitivity, to fend off a rapidly spreading disease, we need to be extremely careful, that a secondary, even more sinister and deadly disease does not piggy-back on this virus.
It is very concerning when an invisible enemy threatens us, and menaces those we love. If not careful, we get frightened, agitated, and reactive; rather than thoughtful, caring, and compassionate. Without constraints, we panic and begin acting irrational, selfish, and petulant toward our fellow man; acting out of fear; survival mode kicks into high gear, and we begin operating dangerously!
God knows us so well, and understands our propensity to fear, so He gives us His Word to calm our hearts. He says:
‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10
The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8
I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
So, as we maneuver through the days ahead, avoid falling into the fear trap, it will be unfruitful, causing great harm to all. Instead, trust God, reach out to Him; be kind and patient with those who may see things a little differently; especially those who are fearful.
Be the calm one, the one who trusts in God. Be a person of prayer, look for opportunities to be helpful; the opportunities to show the power and love of God are abounding right now; don’t miss out!