The Pandemic We Have Refused To Pay Attention To

Hello there!

So I’ve come late to the party and there are thousands of blog posts on COVID-19, not to mention the countless Whatsapp broadcasts (that my parents never stop sending to me) to educate you on this virus and so while I will be talking about this virus, I won’t exactly be talking about this virus.

Don’t worry, you’ll understand in a bit.

I had to give myself a pep talk when I came home from work just before the quarantine. That day, my boss had briefed us on the latest cases of the virus and his tone sounded serious. He separated my friend, Ife and I from sitting on the same desk to work. It reminded me of two scenarios I had felt scared in during the other two deadly diseases I have witnessed in my lifetime.

There was that one time during Ebola when my mom made soup the previous evening and warned us not to eat it. Early in the morning, I woke to put the soup in the freezer and I began to wonder why we should be deprived of such delicious soup. It was so tempting that I had to take one kpomo from the pot and eat. It was very delicious but was accompanied shortly by the aftertaste of guilt. I was so sure I would get ebola for my disobedience (which was extremely silly of me) and I’m not totally sure why. I was so scared, i eventually had to report myself to my parents.

Or that time during Lassa fever in junior school, I took the trash out and a large rat climbed my leg. I was mortified! To make matters worse, i had a bully friend who assured me that my leg will turn blue and I would have Lassa fever and I totally believed. I couldn’t stop crying, i though I was going to die.

It sounds so funny now, but it wasn’t then. I panicked so much in these two scenarios but of course, I digress…

Anyway, I became so scared of Corona, I really couldn’t wait to get home that day and I was using my sanitizer every second on the second. I forgot that I had been telling myself and others the day before that COVID means Christ Overcame Viruses, Infections and Diseases. I was scared.

A Message

Very early the next day, I was listening to an old message from Apostle Joshua Selman which had nothing to do with Viruses and then all of a sudden he said,

“Ebola that was temporary…”

I just had to pause that message and reflect on that statement. Here I was, innocently listening to a message and God sent me an entirely different message. “Ebola was temporary” as I reflected, the Holy Spirit prompted me to write this, “Jesuslessness is the biggest threat to the world, not Coronavirus. Coronavirus is temporary”

Yes, I know that corona has been here for longer than we imagined but the truth is that this is temporary and small. But this pandemic called Jesuslessness is far greater and deadlier. This is because the former is only harmful to the body and the latter, the soul.

 

If there’s anything corona has taught us, it’s that everything in this world has a limit- Medicine, Science, politics and so on. The idea that man has only and man-made devices to help him is so frightening and something I will never believe. Unlike Corona, Jesuslessness has a solution- Jesus.

Jesus is the answer for the world today,

Above Him there’s no other,

Jesus is the way!

I know that there are a lot of doubts about how things will go back to normal post corona, but now I have perfect peace concerning all that because I know that as long as the Earth remains, seed time and harvest will never cease. There will be Restorations.

My only cause of concern is if you know that Jesus loves you so much and He died on a cross to pay the price for our sins. Do you know he rose up from the grave on the third day, giving us victory over sin and death?

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin
and live for what is right.By his wounds you are healed. (1Peter 2:24)

Believe and receive Him today to have eternal life. Then and only then, can you be free from this terrible pandemic of Jesuslessness. If you’re ready to give your life to Jesus today or still have doubts, please click here.

If you’re already a believer, I’ll encourage you with this,

 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

This brought me back to what God told me that morning. This verse is a perfect fit because if coronavirus is temporary, then we’re not supposed to fix our eyes on it. We’re supposed to fix our eyes on what is eternal- Jesus. I watched a video by Eric Gilmour one day and he was saying to his little girl who asked him where the stars went during the day, he said the stars don’t go anywhere, the sun just comes up and overshadows the stars that we can’t see them again.

image of the sun

That’s so powerful. This is a perfect illustration of a life that keeps its focus on Jesus on matter what. It’s not like Coronavirus and other things are not issues bothering that life, it’s just that Jesus plays the role of the sun and renders those things negligible because he’s in the epicenter of that life.

Let’s use this season of quarantine to return to our first love Jesus, let’s redirect our focus and rebuild our secret places. Let us come back to the place of the fellowship with the Holy Spirit and learn to enjoy his presence and hear his voice. Let us learn to enjoy our father, like happy children.

Then we’ll get out of this quarantine all the better, feeling refreshed and shining with the beauty of his presence. We’ll learn to stop caring about the worries of this life and keep our gazes fixed on the only person that matters- Jesus.

While we pray for healing for our world from Covid-19, let’s not relent in praying for those who haven’t heard this beautiful gospel message. Let’s also spread the gospel with every single platform available to us. It is urgent!

With the Love of Jesus Christ,

Scarlett.

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