By Moyinoluwa Okunloye
My pal asked me yesterday, “Is there really panic everywhere?”
Don’t crucify him, it is a valid question. Valid because the concept of how difficult this period is is not entirely getting to us. We make a deliberate effort not to listen too much to the daily increase in the numbers of infected people. We try as much as possible to only bring to mind the better perspectives out of this period. And that’s not because we are ignorant. We are not.
The only freedom we’ve got right now is freedom of emotion and mind. In other words, while we cannot move as freely as we would like to, we are utilizing our freedom over our mind and emotion; We are choosing to see the world in a positive light. Deliberately, I and my friends are making efforts to appreciate the beauty that this season is and utilize it for the good. So, no fear and no exposure of the mind to the panic in the land.
That is not entirely true. Our confidence to see the good comes solely from assurance from God’s word. At least for me, when the darkness come rushing in and fear is thick in the loneliness of my house, I am assured of God’s presence. When the increase in the numbers of infected people hit my screen (I only have to go on Instagram) and I am terrified about this virus that seems to be destroying the entire world, I rest in the fact that none of this is a surprise to God.
32 “And the time has come when you will all be scattered, and each one of you will go your own way, leaving me alone![a] Yet I am never alone, for the Father is always with me. 33 And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous,[b] for I have conquered the world!” (John 16:32-33TPT).
“Faith, then, is birthed in a heart that responds to God’s anointed utterance of the Anointed One” (Romans 10:17 TPT).
“If troubles weigh us down, that just means that we will receive even more comfort to pass on to you for your deliverance! For the comfort pouring into us empowers us to bring comfort to you. And with this comfort upholding you, you can endure victoriously the same suffering that we experience. 7 Now our hope for you is unshakable,[a] because we know that just as you share in our sufferings you will also share in God’s comforting strength.
8 Brothers and sisters, you need to know about the severe trials we experienced while we were in western Turkey.[b] All of the hardships we passed through crushed us beyond our ability to endure, and we were so completely overwhelmed that we were about to give up entirely” (2Corinthians 1:6-8 TPT).
“Yet I could never forget all your miracles, my God,
as I remember all your wonders of old.
12 I ponder all you’ve done, Lord, musing on all your miracles.
13 It’s here in your presence, in your sanctuary,
where I learn more of your ways.[c]
For holiness is revealed in everything you do.
Lord, you’re the one and only, the great and glorious God!
14 Your display of wonders, miracles, and power
makes the nations acknowledge you.
15 By your glory-bursts you’ve rescued us over and over.
Just ask the sons of Jacob or
the sons of Joseph and they will tell you!
And all of us, your beloved ones, know that it’s true!” (Psalms 77:11-15TPT).
“Great favor is upon you, for you have believed
every word spoken to you from the Lord” (Luke 1:45).
Therefore, I hold tight to God’s word and pray harder as I rest confidently on His promises. He is aware that this would happen at exactly this time and He has a plan to take us out. This is the reason we remain positive and exactly why we see only silver linings even when we are running out of essential supplies.