We’ve all seen the signs and heard the sayings:
- “In case of emergency, break glass…”
- “In case of emergency, call 911”
- “In case of emergency, put your mask on first and then your child’s”
“In case of emergency…” We know that depending on what emergency we are in, there are different rules and expectations. I wouldn’t “stop, drop, and roll” in the middle of a tornado. It’s important to know how to react in emergency situations. If we take too long to respond to an emergency, it could be the difference between life and death.
Right now, our country (and the entire world) is in the middle of an emergency. We have the world’s best doctors and scientists trying to figure out not only how to fight the coronavirus, but how to keep everyone else safe. I’m gladly taking their recommendations because they know how to respond in these sort of situations.
But how do we respond spiritually? We are in uncharted territory. Churches can’t meet. Brothers and sisters are suffering all over the world. Some are doubting God and His ability to save. Others are questioning why God is allowing this worldwide disease. I think it’s safe to say our faith has been rattled and rocked. Let me offer some advice during this time of emergency.
In case of spiritual emergency…
- Pray – talk to God. Give Him your worries and cares. Thank Him for your health. Ask Him for guidance and strength. Talking to God can not only help yourself, but it could also help others. Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ, your church, your spouse, and your family.
- Serve – taking the focus off ourselves and putting it on other people is a great way to heal and mend. It gets us out of our rut and gives us a purpose.
- Give Thanks – Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves, we should feel thankful. This next phrase should sum it up perfectly, “Instead being stuck at home, consider yourself being safe at home.”
- Trust – I don’t know what God’s plan is, but there is one. He is in control. He always has been and He always will be. He is the God that created our world. He is the God that performed miracles, parted the Red Sea, healed the sick, and raised the dead. I trust that He knows what He is doing.
We are in a worldwide emergency with no end in sight (sorry to be a downer). Instead of sticking our tail between our legs and waiting for the end…it’s time to act. In case of a spiritual emergency: Pray, Serve, Give Thanks, and Trust. We will get through this!