I began writing this article about two weeks ago. As I looked ahead at the calendar, it was obvious to me that I should write about spring break. I wrote about the new life we see in spring and how we should faithfully tend to our spiritual lives as we do our lawns and gardens. I also referenced our two mission teams who would be in Belize and Guatemala over spring break and how we should faithfully pray for them. I completed the article and submitted it by the Wednesday morning deadline this past week.
Much can change in two weeks, two days, or even two seconds. As events and circumstances continued to unfold, by Wednesday afternoon the decision had been made to postpone these mission trips. Our pastor, in consultation with many sources and with much prayer, made this difficult decision. Also, the International Mission Board’s coronavirus task force recommended that mission volunteers not travel internationally. It was a huge disappointment for over 60 volunteers planning to go on these trips.
In this rapidly changing environment, no doubt there will be many developments even before this article is read. Words such as fear, anxiety, unease, and worry describe the feelings of many. After all, who knows where this virus that is infinitely smaller than a human hair, could be lurking?
As Christ followers, we are very human, yet we know that God has control of this crisis, just as He has had control of every crisis from the beginning of time.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” Hebrews 13:8.
So, as we walk through this time of uncertainty, we act wisely while trusting Him and His word: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear . . . Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25, 27.
Posted on Wed, March 18, 2020
by Kim Hayes