Rumors run amuck. New information swirls about in the whirlpool of confusion. Will they shut the market down? Will there be an enforced quarantine? What will happen to jobs? Television stations reporting outlandish news. Sides are forming. People are accusing others of lies.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Right now the situation in Nicaragua is critical. There is much speculation that the number of reported cases of the dreaded virus is significantly lower than the actual number of folks who are infected.
The good news is that many folks are taking precautions without the authorities telling them to do so. People are wearing masks. Hand sanitizer and chlorine basins are being provided at the grocery stores and pharmacies, our version of essential services.
But will that be enough? Is the onslaught about to begin? Only time will tell.
I will tell you that no matter what the situation, God is in control!
We are an uncommon people, we Christians. While our faith in no way protects us from the daily concerns and imminent threats that face others. The difference is that we have hope. We believe in something larger than our present condition. Something greater than our circumstances. We believe in a loving God who in spite of what is before us, has promised to hold us in the palm of his hand.
This is certainly a time when that faith has been, is, and will continue to be tested.
But that does not mean we can lose hope. I have heard of more people in my peripheral circle who have contracted Covid-19. These are folks with whom I do not regularly come into contact. However, it is still a concern that it seems my circle is closing in.
I have taken the necessary precautions. I am doing as little as humanly possible on the outside with groups of people. That doesn’t mean there is not risk. That doesn’t mean I or any of my friends are exempt from the possibility that this will reach us.
We have not given in. We will not give up. Not because of our personal strength or physical immunity. Rather because we have faith that God has the already taken care of the big picture. Our future is secure. Maybe not here with this current danger. But our hope is not in this world. We are fellow travelers moving towards our ultimate destination.
In short, don’t be careless. Don’t tempt fate. Don’t let your guard down. But do give the emotional burden to the One who created us and knows us best.
Not very long ago I was riding with a Nicaraguan friend and we were stopped by the police. The police officer was gruff and demanding. He spoke quickly and was very difficult to understand. He walked back to his radio, made some calls, then approached us again. I was concerned. I was unsure of the situation. I didn’t know what to do. My friend calmly looked at me, put his hand out in front of me, and said, “I’ve got this.” He handled it. I didn’t have to worry.
I am prone to use flowery words, analogies, and similes. But right now I just want to remind all of us, myself included, that we don’t have to worry, God has got this.
Never forget that.
I’ll keep you posted on this blog, but if there is new information I will tell you all when it happens and not wait for next Friday.
Selfishly I would ask a favor. While you are praying for your own family, your own situation, please offer up a prayer for my cousin. We just found out after a hospital visit, suspecting that he had the virus, that he has lung cancer. God’s got that too. But I still am asking you to pray.
I love you all very much.
Dios los bendiga