By Leo Jaloszynski
President Trump keeps reminding our nation that we are “At war with an invisible enemy”. Smokescreens are often used defensively or offensively. A virus (COVID-19) that our bodies were unprepared to fight invaded the whole world in late 2019. Wars are not easily won and the cost of winning any war is high.
COVID-19 is an acronym for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) The disease began its attack on humanity in Wuhan, China. Amazingly it spread worldwide in a matter of days. Like a sucker-punch in the stomach, the world gasped for air and relief from the wave of uncertainty and death the disease inflicted.
Like waking up from a dead sleep in the middle of the night, with the smell of smoke in your lungs, COVID-19 has shaken the world with its deadly speed. Spreading fear, death, and uncertainty like a lightning flash. Emotionally, physically, and spiritually the nations grasped at the air for ways to defend its citizens. Now, nearly six months later, we seem to be crawling on our hands and knees out whatever exit doors we can find, the smokescreen is lifting.
As I write this commentary, Easter celebration worshippers prepare to gather in their cars on Resurrection Day, six feet apart or are staying home and watching their service online. On the first visit to the empty tomb, where the crucified body of Jesus was laid to rest on Great Friday, the followers of Jesus were huddled in fear in someone’s home. (Sound familiar. For two long, uncertain filled days, the smokescreen of death hung over a grave, sealed, and guarded by soldiers. But Sunday was coming. The violence of God allowing His Son to be hung on a killing tree to win the war over sin truly was costly. The war against sin continues, but victory is sure because Jesus rose from that grave and He is alive!
The COVID-19 is far different than anything we have seen on earth since 1918. Some say it is God’s judgment in response to our worship of other gods, i.e. our economic portfolios, our contagious rebellion against God’s definition of what is “normal”, etc. Others say, in the smokescreen of our total loss of control over so much that we took for granted, God is using this COVID-19 virus as a megaphone to get our attention. “H-E-L-L-O! Can you hear me now?” Authority over our health and finances has been ripped from our control. God’s mercy will allow us to defeat this invisible enemy as our invisible humility motivates us to acknowledge that we need to worship our Creator and not our creations.
God always appreciates our, “Yes, Abba Daddy”!
A recent quote that I heard, urges us to find beauty in barbed wire. The COVID-19 virus certainly has fenced in our movements in so many ways. Driving by a stack of silent airline planes at our local airport, makes me pause with awe at the power of an invisible virus to grind our high-flying economy to a stand-still. But Sunday is coming, the smoke of doubt will clear, this war can be won, so help us, God! Not by our might but by My Spirit still shouts Almighty God who forever holds the whole world in His hands.
“Fear not!” are words that appear 365 times in the Bible. We need to hear those words daily, not from the White House or Wall Street, or the Coronavirus-19 Task Force, but from the still small voice of our living God.
When the smoke of this COVID-19 virus clears, what will you see? Remember the war over fear has been won. The cost was truly high for Jesus, who promises to everyone a peace that passes all human understanding in any storm.
Maybe investing five minutes to watch a video titled, LIFEIN6WORDS.COM will equip you to defeat any virus that may attack you in body, mind, and spirit.
Patriots continue to bless God for His many blessings to us!
Submitted Courageously by Leo Jaloszynski (aka Pastor Ski), Re-fired Pastor (will never retire from serving the Lord), U.S. Marine – Semper Fi, Greensboro, NC (previous Pastor and friend of the Caprock Patriot Publisher)