Whether you are a true believer, someone who struggles with their faith, or a total non-believer, it is very hard for any of us to find God during times like the current coronavirus crisis.
What we all are going through during this pandemic is unlike anything most of us have ever had to live through. We turn on the news and see nothing but increased cases and rising death tolls. Our streets are mostly devoid of people, we have not seen friends and family for months. Anxiety about our finances, our jobs, our very futures – are at an all-time high. Those of us of faith, have been brought up by our parents, and our clergy, to “find God in all things,” yet, in moments of crisis like now, it is easy to doubt, and wonder, “Where is God in all this?”
But, at times like these, God is not absent, he just may be a lot more difficult to see. He are 4 ways to be reminded that God is still with us, even during this current crisis.
Look for How God May Be Working Through the Present Crisis
We all know the expression “God works in mysterious ways.” Keep that in mind and look for how He might be doing some good for you in this crisis. Instead of focusing on the bad, which we all tend to do as humans, look at the good that has happened in your life since the crisis began. Who else but God himself could be responsible for any goodness is this time of despair?
Look at the Pandemic as an Extended Sabbath
COVID-19 has disrupted the business of the world and forced millions of people worldwide to step outside of their normal routines. Look at this as an extended Sabbath. My own Rabbi has said that maybe this pandemic is a way of God giving us all a “time out” the way a parent puts a misbehaving child in a “time out.” Maybe this crisis is God’s way of telling us to slow down, reconnect with our families, and the things that really matter in life.
Take the Time to Really Pray
If this is an extended Sabbath, then like the Sabbath, take the extra time you may now have on your hands to sincerely pray, and reconnect with God. With restaurants closed and businesses shuttered, our world has grown quieter. That quiet can be unsettling for those of us who are accustomed to constant noise. But, it can also be a great way to meditate, pray, and find God in the special quietude of the moment. Blaise Pascal once wrote, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” We focus our attention “out there” because we are afraid of confronting what is “in here.” The truth is, each of us already possesses all that we need within us. We simply do not sit still enough or quiet enough to be able to recognize it.
Take the Time to Connect More Deeply With Those in Your Life
One of the worst things that most of us are going through right now is the terrible feeling of isolation. We are cut off from the crowds of people at work, in stores, at social gatherings that we are so accustomed to.
It is true we are physically cut off from those we love, but we live in a time of wondrous connectivity, via the internet. Now, more than ever, is the best time to connect with old friends or family members you “just never had time for” before. Reaching out to the lonely via Zoom, or Facetime, or what have you, may also be part of God’s plan.
How are you keeping God in your life during the pandemic? Please reply using the comments below.