According to at least one site, the #1 video that went viral in 2019 was a 17-second clip that showed a dad dragging his daughter through an airport. He had a grip on the hood of her little pink jacket and she was just lying flat, gliding across the floor. No crying. Just silently scooting along.
It made me, and thousands of others, laugh out loud!
But humorous videos are not the only thing that goes viral in our media-crazed society. Information, misinformation, speculations, half-truths and musings are passed along at incredible speeds to an unsuspecting society. Comments are taken as facts. Panic fuels reactions, and soon, fear reigns as the common emotion.
In part, that process has been happening with the Coronavirus. Take a moment and compare fact with fear:
FACT: (Updated 3/3/20) “So far, the new coronavirus has led to more than 89,000 illnesses and 3,000 deaths worldwide. But that’s nothing compared with the flu, also called influenza. In the U.S. alone, the flu has caused an estimated 32 million illnesses, 310,000 hospitalizations and 18,000 deaths this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
FEAR: Cities have closed their doors to incoming quarantined passengers. Other cities have been declaring states of emergency BEFORE the first case has been verified in their region. And Costco is dealing with a run on toilet paper and water.
With that background, our message this week suggested a timely and appropriate definition for fear. Chet shared that “fear is trying to do life without God.” He acknowledged that common sense should prevail. There are some practical ways to address this new virus (wash our hands, keep them off our faces, cough into our bent arms and stay home when sick!) And we should all take those to heart.
But, in place of abject panic (over this current issue or any other thing that robs us of our peace), he recommended that we walk in our faith, making note of God’s promises and taking to heart His directions for dealing with our problems.
In light of his message, I am suggesting that our mantra for this week should be the words of John 16:33: “I have told you these things so that in ME you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Don’t miss the significance of the phrase, “…in ME you may have peace.” Our peace is found in a person. It is demonstrated in a relationship. Fear creeps in when we try to do life without Him.
Remember His promise to us all is, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in YOU.” (Isaiah 26:3)
Let’s do our part to make those verses go viral!
Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School. Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.