And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.”2 Kings 6:17 (NKJV)
Novel coronavirus disease-2019, aka COVID-19, provesthe most powerful, notorious, and treacherous enemy of the people of my generation. This invisible villain has been claiming innocent lives and raging havoc for almost eight months since its December 2019 outbreak in Wuhan, China. Because of its overwhelming effect, the WHO has declared not just an epidemic but a global pandemic.
Total worldwide figures as of July 10, 2020 show 12, 394, 656 persons infected; 557, 510 deaths; and 210 countries suffering; the most number of cases in the US, Brazil, and the UK. My country, the Philippines, ranks second in Southeast Asia, reports 51, 757 persons infected; and 1,318 deaths (https://www.statista.com). These are temporary statistics since a vaccine has yet to be invented. Those horrendous numbers continue to rise every day.
COVID’s devastating impact initiated the use of unpleasant yet compulsive vocabulary I am forced to memorize. These are asymptomatic, community quarantine (GCQ, MGCQ, ECQ, MECQ), contact tracing, contagious, face mask, face shield, flatten curve, infection, isolation, lockdown, new normal, outbreak, pandemic, Personal Protective Equipment, positive, social/physical distancing, swab test, transmissions, virus, and more.
What else has this invisible enemy done to make our lives miserable? It kept everyone locked down in their homes, prevented social gatherings and physical contacts, closed schools, lost sources of livelihood, caused business firms to go bankrupt, made many of us paranoids when we forgot to use alcohol, wear a mask or sing happy birthday twice when washing our hands. Worst of all it stopped God’s people from worshiping and conglomerating in church.
Oops, I focused too much on myself, my pain, and misery, focused too much on others’ misfortune when the only way to fight the invisible enemy is to sense and see the comfort of the Holy Spirit by my side each moment. Jesus will defend me from this unseen adversary. God will give me the wisdom to find creative ways to turn the COVID adversities into pandemic opportunities, such as sharing my resources, learning new skills, bonding with the family, strengthening my immune system, and worshiping God anytime, anywhere.