Who else has been enjoying my lockdown chronicles? This pandemic is teaching me a lot. Today’s thought process is exploring the fact that only God has all the answers. This pandemic has exposed human limitations in ways unimaginable. We have found ourselves blaming each other for this. We have pointed fingers in all directions and had our remaining three fingers point back at us.
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We have looked to our leaders for help—they are damned if they do, and they are damned if they don’t. When this virus was beginning to gain notoriety, a lot of us cried out to our respective governments saying—shut down the borders, close our schools, let everyone stay back at home, until this crisis blows over. Four weeks in, and we began to lament again—we are sick and tired of remaining at home, the economy is crashing, people are starving, if care is not taken, more people will perish as a result of hunger than COVID-19.
Then some governments stepped in, together with churches, companies, and good Samaritans, distributing food items in some underserved communities. In countries like the United States, people who are taxpayers were able to apply to receive $1200, while some small businesses received loans.
Then the complaint began again; the food that was given was not enough. Here in Nigeria, someone had the audacity to say that she did not usually eat the type of piece of meat in a pack of food she received from a Good Samaritan. I was taken aback! Aunty, it seems like you are not hungry!
Then while watching an American talk show on YouTube, some of the hosts of the show implied that the $1200 given to people by the government was too little and not even enough to cover rent, and another talk show said that America was one of the top countries who did little to help its citizens. And many said the US needed to learn from developed countries on how to cater to its citizens.
What in the world? I said to myself, $1200 too little? At least they have a system that is set up in a way for taxpayers to receive money, no matter how “little.” There are countries in this world that haven’t received a dime from their government since this pandemic began. When I saw their complaints, that was when I came to the conclusion that we as humans can never be pleased.
But why am I surprised though? The children of Israel did the same thing when they were passing through the wilderness (Numbers 11:4-6). It is written that God provided them with manna, and after some time they began to complain that they were sick and tired of eating manna. And they wanted meat; like the lady who couldn’t even say thank you to those who brought her cooked food, all she could say was—I don’t even eat pomo (cow skin). If humans could complain against God, then there are no surprises here.
Quite frankly, no one in our time has lived through a pandemic. No one has been a President, Doctor, Nurse, Delivery Guy, Pastor, Scientist, Pharmacist, Farmer, and all the jobs that we have out there. Everyone is learning as the day goes along, so let us cut our leaders some slack, they are humans like us and are dealing with the same situation as well. The only one who has lived through pandemics, who has experience with things like these, and who has all the answers is God.
He saw this coming from a mile away! He knew that as everyone was anticipating what 2020 was going to be for them, that this pandemic was going to hit. As humans, when we try to make sense of something that is out of our control, we begin to place blame-it’s China’s fault, it’s the United States, it’s this, it’s that. But truth is there was nothing anyone could have done to stop this from happening; it was bound to happen. Instead of pointing fingers, placing blame, having arguments, if we are believers of Christ, let us look to Him and ask Him what this season of life truly means for us as individuals, as a community, as a nation, and as the world at large.
Is there something He is trying to say? Is there something He wants us to stop doing? Is there something He wants us to start doing? Only God has all the answers and the directive of what’s next. If we spend our time seeking Him, then we would begin to discover things; the hidden things that He wants to reveal to us. No one person can navigate this season of life, without God’s intervention. God has all the answers, let us cry out to Him. My two cents.
What do you guys think? How has this lockdown/pandemic shifted your mindset? Leave your comments below or share your thoughts with me by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About The Author: Evi Idoghor is a Christian, writer, and content creator on Letstalknationblog.com. She is a chemical engineering graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Consumed by her love for writing and desire to effect change, she launched her online platform––Let’s Talk Nation––to tap into her creativity and start meaningful conversations that would make a difference around the world.
Most of her writing has been influenced by her time spent in America, where she lived for about 11 years. Also, she lived in Nigeria and South Korea and currently loves traveling the world while learning about other fascinating cultures. You can find her on all social media platforms with @eviidoghor.