As I awakened this morning I thought of a scene from the movie “Independence Day”. Alien ships had flown in and destroyed the landscape of major cities with the hopes of possessing the land. People were fleeing and pandemonium swept across the regions. After intense warfare, the inhabitants devised a plan and victory was won. The airways were quiet and the noise had settled. One by one, people cautiously ventured out overwhelmed by the destruction but grateful it was finally over. Clearly, life as they knew it was over but now the adventure of recreating stood before them.
I feel we are in the exact same place. Although the news continues to institute the fear of COVD-19, I can somehow see we are near the final battle and we win. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying don’t be wise or cautious when it comes to this deadly virus. What I am saying is, as believers, we were never told to fear. Matter of fact, the Bible tells us the complete opposite. (2 Timothy 1:7) We need to be cautious to not fear the virus but also be wise when dealing with it. (Matthew 10:16)
As the year comes to a close and a new day dawns, I can see one by one people coming out to see the damage left behind. Sometimes it’s easier just to stay safe and hidden but what good is that. Matthew 5:15 tells us lamps are not meant to be lit and placed under a bowl. No, they are to be placed on a lampstand and bring light to everyone in the house. In this case our country is the house. If we as believers allow fear to keep us hidden what hope is there for our country.
So I say, when the time is right, cautiously open the door and move into normalcy. Do not allow fear to hold you captive and steal your future promise. Don’t focus on the disaster but look at the opportunity to partner with God in rebuilding the ruins. You have survived a pandemic and are now wiser. Surely, your latter days will be greater than your former. (Haggai 2:9) Before you know it, there will be a new you in a new land. Dare to rise again for victory is yours.
Author: Petrina Milan