Editor, Times-Union:

I received this post from a dear friend. I want to share it with you. It was written by Jessica Casarez.

The headline jumped out at me. I knew the Lord was speaking to me. “COVID-19 death rates increase.” I grabbed my Bible and saw it was bookmarked to 2 Corinthians. I looked at the headline again, and this how it jumped out at me: CO VID 19.

I thought maybe the CO was talking about the book of Corinthians, so I opened my Bible to 2 Corinthians verse 1:19. And when I saw it, I couldn’t believe it! This is what it says: “Indeed we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves, but on God who raises the dead.”

Man! Did you get that? How many of you have been relying on yourselves? Have you been relying on your ability to stock up on food? On your ability to provide for your family? How many of you have started to leave God out of the equation a bit more out of fear and worry? God is using this to show us not to rely on ourselves, but to rely on His provision! And His promises! God is using this to break off pride and fear and to instill complete trust in Him!

But wait ... there is more! The word “VID” is in the very middle. I decided to look up the meaning of it. Guess what it means? It means “to SEE.” What if God is asking us to “SEE” that He is still in the midst of this? He hasn’t forsaken us. His promises are still “YES and AMEN!” As scary as the world may appear to look right now, I encourage all of you to release your fears to Him. Don’t rely on your power and your ability to get by. Seek Him whole heartedly!

The word “corona” has a definition of “a crown.” But it also has another meaning that says “what surrounds you.” If you look at what surrounds us today, it may look like it is not pretty. Lack of supplies, long lines, scared people, closed buildings, etc. But let’s not lose focus that in the midst of this, God is here! And He will “never leave us, never forsake us.” He surrounds us with His glory! “And when the chief shepherd appears, you will receive the glory that will never fade away.” (1 Peter 5:4) Sometimes, we just need to “be still and now that He is God!”

Charlene Witham