It is natural to be afraid right now; we are in the middle of possible the most deadly disaster of our lifetime. There’s real concern for our own health and safety as well as the health and safety of everyone we know and love.
It’s also natural to wonder why God is letting this happen. It’s natural to question Him, to be uncertain. What is happening to the world is not something that any of us were prepared to deal with. The world coming to a metaphorical halt was not on our calendars.
I’m not going to pretend I have all the answers, either; I really don’t. I wake up some mornings terrified of what is going on in the world right now. I can’t go to sleep some nights because my mind keeps racing through the latest news headlines, which seem to only get grimmer and grimmer. I’m no stranger to worry; I’ve worried all my life. But with the pandemic, my normal levels of worry have gone into overdrive.
But the Bible is clear on this subject: let go, and let God. Or, for a less “tagline” translation, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” (Matthew 6:25–27)
To put it bluntly… worrying does nothing for us. Like the man said, can worrying or being anxious add any more time to our life? Can worrying about things that are way beyond our control do anything to make the situation better? Honestly, worry feels more like the weapon of the enemy; the more I’m worrying, the less I’m praying.
C.S. Lewis said as much about worrying. In The Screwtape Letters, he wrote (as you read, keep in mind that The Screwtape Letters are written from the perspective of a demon, and in the following quote, any reference to “the Enemy” is not a reference to Satan, but to God), “There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human’s mind against the Enemy.” In worrying, we are being kept from reaching out to God. We can get so consumed with “what ifs” that we tend to forget that we have…