Almost everywhere you go and almost everything you do has been in some way affected by COVID-19. Almost every station on TV is focused on this news story. And almost every decision we have made on a daily basis for the past six weeks has referenced COVID-19 at some point.
Much of the discussion at the emergence of COVID-19 was on what kind of curve could we expect with this pandemic. How bad would it get? Models were set forth. Debates surrounded the discussion. Conspiracy theories emerged. Battle lines were drawn, and people took sides.
“The curve” became the constant focus, and “flatten the curve” became the goal. How many people would die? Would our hospitals be sufficient for the sickly? How could we stop the spread? Who was vulnerable? Fear abounded as theories were set forth and updated by the hour. People wanted to be in the know, and the facts were one quick web search away.
Because of the fear of the unknown, life was shut down. Self-isolation around the globe became the norm. Schools were closed. Churches were closed. Only essentials were to remain open. What was essential? Starbucks? Liquor stores? Home Depot? Questions abounded as to how these decisions were being made. And people loved their opinions. The economic hardships began. Unemployment skyrocketed. Masks appeared. Everywhere. People drove in their cars, by themselves, with masks on. People went on walks with masks on. I have even seen a mountain biker in the middle of nowhere wearing a mask. “Social distancing” became the new approach to relationships.
Somewhere along the way, “the curve” did not become as big as projected. And it began to seem like we would make it to the other side of this virus. Protests emerged. Some began to open their businesses in protest, even willing to go to jail. People began to look forward, perhaps with a little bit of hope.
More recently, the discussion is focused on “opening up.” Again, plans are being set forth. Again, debates surround the discussion. Conspiracy theories are still seeking to gain traction. Battle lines have once again been drawn, and people are taking sides. Despite the debate about how we are going to be opening up in the days and months ahead, at least, it will happen.
Through these weeks of uncertainty, there has been much focus on the effects of the virus and the number of deaths it has caused. Only some attention has been given to those who have recovered. But this is where I want to put our attention. The reason that many have been able to recover is because God has created an incredible body. Consider Psalm 139:13–16d:
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (ESV)
God has created a resilient body, capable of survival against an onslaught from the viruses in our fallen world. It was wise for our government to put certain measures in place to protect humanity from the full effect of a virus, but the major story ought to be how “fearfully and wonderfully” the human body has been made by an amazing Creator, who is watching over his creation.
Viruses take lives. Diseases rob us of people daily. Hearts cease their function, and loved ones slip away into eternity. But more than any of these things, every day the human body is able to withstand constant attacks from viruses, diseases, accidents, age and many other potentially destructive issues.
So, let’s carry this earth-shattering news with us today as we go about our business. An amazing Creator has created an incredible body which has proven once again its ability to fight against the forces that want to destroy it. More than any man-made plans of social distancing or production of anti-virus drugs, it is God who deserves the glory. God has created a body that has the ability to fight against this virus called COVID-19 that has caused so much fear and uncertainty.
Let’s give praise to whom praise is due! Thank you, Lord!