As I wrote and read this book, I wondered if people would believe me. As an independent author, doubt is part of the process. It’s right there following along with every good idea and thought bigger than your budget or previous experience. So, writing a book telling the world not to panic during a pandemic can be easily be perceived as quite absurd. I prayed and believed that I heard from the Lord. Please don’t think this book is some wild concoction just saying anything for the purpose of publishing a book. With the onset of the “second wave” in America, I had to ask myself if I really believed what I had written. I do, and after reading this book, my prayer is that you do as well. In Habakkuk 2:4, the prophet declares that “the just shall live by faith”. We are to be led by faith and respond with faith when confronted with life’s trials (including the pandemic). To be frank, the pandemic is probably not the first challenge many of us have faced this year. Job losses, financial hardship, isolation, relationship failure, lack of resources, and the loss of normalcy all add to the moment’s stress, but we have a reason to hope in God.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
1 Peter 3:15
So no, I’m not crazy, but I do have hope! In Lamentations 3:21-25, the weeping prophet says, “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.” Jeremiah said the Lord’s faithfulness is GREAT! Beyond that, He is dependable, reliable, and a solid rock upon which we can place our trust. The faith believers must live by is rooted in hope that He will not fail us nor fail to help us. Each day brings new challenges and new fears as the pandemic drags on. Will schools reopen? What about the economy? Texas and Florida are already rolling back plans to fully reopen following spikes in infections and deaths. Have we even discussed cabin fever? I say it in jest but with sensitivity because I know that many are not taking sheltering in place well and mental health issues are a rising issue; the longer we remain inside.
I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
Hopelessness consumes those who don’t see any solutions to the crisis at hand. In fact, the only hope for any possible solution is by faith. Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. It’s also by their faith the elders obtained a good report (Hebrews 11:2) and pleased God (Hebrews 11:6). It will be by our faith that we survive and thrive during this pandemic. There are yet great blessings for God’s people in this season, don’t let faithlessness rob you of it! Like David, I too could have fainted, given up hope, and turned on my faith, but I still believe to see God’s goodness in this season and yet in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13). So no, I’m not crazy, but my faith is! Now let’s hold on because God’s great plans await us on “the other side” of this crisis!