To tell you the truth, at first, I was hesitant to write a blog regarding anything with this COVID-19 deal. But then it struck me- this is serious and MUST be talked about. I want to comfort you with this blog post, and encourage you during this crazy time we’re dealing with right now.
Two Reactions: Panic or Peace
Let’s begin with the story of Martha and Mary inviting Jesus over to their home. I PROMISE, this is relevant when you read it through.
As Jesus and His disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
Now, tell me you read the whole thing PLEASE! If you didn’t, please go back to read it one more time. There are important takeaways here that need to be discussed.
It makes sense that Martha was frantically trying to get “things in order”, and she wanted help from her sister. I GET IT. Martha was allowing her frustration or unsound mind to be the leader in her urgency to make sure that everything was taken care of. The way I take in this scene is Martha is running around the house huffing and puffing and stressed out about things that were an “urgency” to her, but not to Jesus.
Where do you find Mary? Mary was AT THE FEET OF JESUS LISTENING TO WHAT HE SAID. She was unbothered by Martha and the preparations. She sat and listened to what Jesus was saying. This girl was straight chillin’ with Jesus and He told her sister (in essence) “Girl, chill!” I love that He points out that her sister chose the right thing to do during the chaotic situation Martha made it.
So let’s keep that image in mind. Remember where Mary was during all of this and fast forward to today and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Don’t Allow Media to Freak You Out
To be honest, this is madness. I allowed the media, the mania, the panic and fear get to me. I went to my local store to grab toilet paper. THERE WASN’T ANY IN STOCK!!! Now, this is something that I hope one day can be explained, but for now, I’m pretty sure that toilet paper is not going to protect anyone with a weak immune system from this virus. But I could be completely wrong.
So back to the point, I was doing just fine until things DIRECTLY impacted MY LIFE. Then it started settling in that this is indeed a pandemic, and it is a concern.
Hearing that parts of different countries would be shutting down, health facilities being short on staff… OH, THE PANIC AND FEAR!!
I started worrying about everything, everyone, and the outcome. You name it, I worried about it for a few hours. Then I became depleted and defeated. FRUSTRATED at the ridiculousness of all of this. I WAS MARTHA. Different terms of course, but you get what I’m saying. I was worrying, frantic, panicking, frustrated, huffing and puffing about the toilet paper being out of stock.
Why did I become grasped with fear so quickly? Because spending time on social media seemed like a better time than spending some one on one time with God.
Social media. It’s a love-hate relationship ya know? Right now, I hate it.
But it is also my responsibility to practice self-control in this department. When EVERYONE on social media is talking about the pandemic and everything that comes with it, it becomes way bigger, way quicker.
Something I thought about while I was dealing with this mentally-debilitating situation today, I thought about what I was lacking in my day. The story of Martha and Mary having Jesus over to their home came to mind.
I wanted to be where Mary was. I didn’t want to be Martha anymore. It’s exhausting, scary, nerve-wracking, frustrating and straight-up tiring.
I want to sit with Jesus. Listen to Him speak. Sitting in solitude with God and His word never sounded better than it does these days.
I realized that today had been the first day where I allowed myself not to start my day by sitting with Him and gleaning from His word.
Allowing the little negative things, bit by bit, into my mind and spirit, had caused me to feel mentally defeated.
Here’s What We Can Do During the COVID-19 Pandemic Starting NOW:
- Sit and spend time with God in prayer and His word. He says to come to Him. 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” He says in Mark 6:31 “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’’ So try that today. Remember who He is, His power, and His ability to comfort those in need. If we are spending time at His feet just like Mary, we can actually get rest during times of panic and chaos.
- Give social media a rest for a minute. Allow yourself to detox for a second from all of it. Allow your body to relax and not overwork its adrenaline. Your immune system will thank you.
- Keep your hands away from your face. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands!
- Go put all the dang toilet paper back for others in need! No, but seriously, consider your neighbor. Use this time to be compassionate and loving to those who may be taking this time very hard. Lend a helping hand. Be there as a reminder that the Lord is in control.
But most of all you guys, sit and hear the comforting voice of God through His word and time with Him away from the craziness. Right now, we need to keep our eyes and ears on Him, just like Mary. All us Marthas need to CHILL OUT!