We have now entered another onslaught of the Covid pandemic. The Omicron variant has arrived and has continued our struggle with this pandemic. So far, the Omicron variant doesn’t appear to be causing as severe as symptoms as prior variants. This is a positive development. Yet, it still causes illness, feeds the uncertainty and frustration that has surrounded us for the
past two years and continues our consistent struggle with the effects of the pandemic.
It’s been a long two years.
Unfortunately, Omicron probably won’t be the final variant. It’s believed that other variants will arise over time. Hopefully, they will be less threatening and produce weaker symptoms as each variant develops. There is still so much that we don’t’ understand about this pandemic and when and how it will end. As I mentioned in a sermon, towards the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, we are entering the “unknown”. We are still there to some degree. Things sure don’t seem to be returned to “normal”.
So, what do we do? What should be our response as omicron spreads and we feel its effects, to some degree? What do we do when other variants come, and uncertainty and frustration continue to enter our hearts and minds as we try to live a productive, enjoyable life? What path and choices should we take and make? How should God’s people respond?
First, we must pray daily for the pandemic to end and for God to give us the strength and patience to continue walking forward in the pandemic. Prayer is our first weapon to use as doubt, uncertainty and frustration assail us. Pray for God to give you the peace you need to face each day and the uncertainty that lies ahead.
Second, we need to go back to Scripture and remind ourselves how God’s people responded to the unknown circumstances they faced. Some gave up and complained They missed God’s blessing. Those who thrived were those who sought God’s guidance, held on to His promises, and kept their faith in the midst of tumultuous times. We need to go back and read of the journey of the Israelites to Canaan. We need to read of David’s time in the wilderness. We need to read the prophets’ encouragement to a people held in captivity. We need to hear Paul’s encouragement to the church who faced trial and persecution. We need to go back and read the words that speak hope and promise into our own lives.
Finally, we need to rely upon the encouragement and community of our church family. None of us are facing this alone. We have a church family who is here to encourage and strengthen us. We have all felt the frustration and stress of the past two years to some degree. We have all felt the uncertainty of the unknown. When you begin to feel overwhelmed, go to a brother and sister and Christ and share your struggle. Let them encourage you and renew your faith through their support. When someone comes to you with their struggle, encourage them and strengthen them. We are not alone. God has provided us with our church family for times such as these. The church is at its best when the world is at its worst.
Omicron is here. Other variants and trials will come in the future. Pray. Seek God’s word. Connect and lean on your church family. We are not alone. In the unknown, we can know that God and our church family are with us. We are blessed beyond measure. Thank God for His goodness to us in the midst of the unknown.