New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie
Posted: 14 Mar 2020 07:36 PM PDT
[Here’s a little something for your listening pleasure while you read this since it keeps playing in my head. If no one’s written a parody of it yet, they will, and it’ll go viral.]
I remember serving as a GEO missionary in El Paso, TX, when the swine flu hit. Eleven years later, COVID-19 is wreaking havoc at a global scale.
I won’t bother setting the backdrop since unless you live under a rock, you’re inundated with articles, maps, travel warnings, closures, cancellations, and memes any time you turn on the TV, open your browser, or glance at your phone. Things also change every five minutes, so there’s that. Any business you’ve given your email address to ever is in on the fun, too (mine range from Chick-fil-a to my hometown dentist).
But what does my corona look like? How does a pandemic play out from my kitchen table in Santiago, Dominican Republic?
I’m ready for the whole episode to be over. I’m an obsessive planner, so not being able to count on anything and not having relevant information with which to make decisions – due to the rapidly changing nature of the beast – is making me crazy. Aside from my to-do list that somehow grew exceptionally long in the past week or so, I’m making a mental list of things I can do to productively capitalize on this season:
I’ll leave you with a thought. In Spanish, corona means “crown!” I’m not sure how the virus got its name, but I get a mental image of a royal diadem every time I hear it. The verse in Revelation about the “crown of life” (2:10, emphasis mine) was also floating around in there, too, so I finally looked it up on Friday during Play Group:
Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Whoa! My concordance led me to a second eerily applicable occurrence of “crown of life” in James 1:12 (emphasis mine):
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Our world is certainly suffering and under trial right now. Many have been forcibly or self- quarantined for at least ten days. It’s at times like these that we cling to God’s promises, anticipating our coronations as heirs of life eternal with Him!
Until next time, blessings! Wash your hands!
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