As Christ said in Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” You are that person! You have encouraged others. You have run errands on behalf of family, friends, neighbors. You have given a smile and assurance. You are an inspiration to others. You have been that lighted candle and even though the wind blows strong against you, your light remains a testimony to your Father in heaven. That is our lot in life during this pestilence.
When the disciples asked what shall be the sign of his coming and the end of the world, Christ responded in Matthew 24:4-8, “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and deceive many. And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” The pestilence before us may or may not be part of this prophecy. Whether it is or not, you are a prophetic person with a prophetic mission in these times.
The next few days will be critical as to how this COVID-19 progresses or begins to regress. This is a time when we all need to be wise as a serpents and gentle as doves. Wisdom, in that we do not add to the problem. A source within the national healthcare system is saying that we are going to see the start of the peak of those that are COVID-19 positive, then there will be two weeks of calm and then two weeks where it will decrease. This person’s advice is to not do what Italy did in neglecting this period and have it all come back even harder. This is the time when we are in the maximum state of infection and most vulnerable, she warns, so take care to stay home, stay away from people—be wise!!!!
Also during this time, be gentle as doves. What this means to me is encourage one another, not only to do the right thing (holding accountability), but also in love. Those who are fearful during these times need to know that they can make it, that someone cares about them, and that there is hope. This hope is not found in wild, extra-biblical, self-indulgent emotionalism, but rather in lovingkindness, prayerful reflection, and strength of character. The Holy Spirit in you is as Christ said—that he would send the Comforter—the Spirit of truth to guide us. Christ said the world would not know him or recognize him, but you know him. You have the answers that others are seeking right now. Be that testimony of your Father in heaven. Be encouraged in these prophetic times.