Schools have closed, sports are on hiatus, travel is banned, Italy is all but shut down, Disneyland's gates are closed, weddings and events are postponed, and thousands are sick with COVID-19.
What does this mean for the Christian woman?
As wives and, for many, as moms we have concerns for ourselves, our husband, children, parents & family, and our community. During times like these pressure and stress can easily build up. That's normal. However it's our response to the circumstances that is our witness to the world and those we love.
You know God's got this, right?
We are given a remarkable promise: Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29–31). How cool! The Lord our God, who reigns over all viruses and the entire world, simultaneously knows every single hair on your head. It's sometimes more than our human minds can comprehend, but nevertheless it is the truth.
The Bible tells us that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us (James 4:8). If we seek Him we will find Him when we search with all our heart (Jer. 29:13). What a perfect time this is to draw near and seek! And not just now, let this time of seeking become a lifelong habit for us. Use these unprecedented times to develop a deep relationship with the Savior.
Should we fear death?
Remember: For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. (Philippians 1:21–23)
As Christians, we have nothing to fear in death. Most of us know and understand that. But as wives, as moms, we can be terrified of leaving behind our family. What will happen to them? Who will take care of them?
This, too, is in God's control. He knows every hair on the heads of your children and husband. He is in control of all things. Every single thing.
Finally, let's not forget Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Seek Him. Draw near to Him.