In recent months our country has faced an unprecedented situation with the onset of COVID-19. Across the world we have seen something that has never happened before, business forced to shut down, people asked to stay home, parish doors closed to the faithful. This has caused great anxiety for many people causing questions like; where is God in all of this? Why did God let this happen?
To start, he is here with us through it all. He never leaves us. Especially in trying times, it is important for us to remember that our Lord never promised us that this world would be easy, without fear, illness or pain. He does however, promise us that he will be with us always. We hear very specifically in Isaiah 41:10; “Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Our Lord promises to give each of us the strength and support we need to handle whatever it is that this life has to throw at us. All we need to do is to turn to him. He is there waiting for us.
The fact that the Lord is with us always, does not make our worry and fear any less real. It is important though to remember that it is not ours alone. Even though it can be easier said than done, give it to God. Start by making God the center of your life. Wake up every day by acknowledging to him in prayer that you know he will help you to face whatever the day may bring and he will carry what you cannot. A simple start to the day in this way changes the focus, making him center. When we start to feel overwhelmed, pray. Even if the prayer is humbly “God help me.”
Worry is simply concern for what we cannot control, what we don’t want to happen or what we fear… give it to God. Even though we may not be able to change the outcome, we certainly have full control over how it effects us both mentally and spiritually.
While fear is the opposite of faith, worry opposite of trust. When you find yourself in a place of worry or fear, turn to God in prayer. “Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.” St. Padre Pio