Right now, I’m sitting here waiting to hear Israel’s current Prime Minister (Netanyahu) announce new restrictions for the public regarding the coronavirus. I’m going to listen since those restrictions could have a big impact on how I spend the next few weeks, and whether I can work from home or have to report in.

A few weeks, the world’s eyes ere on China… now a spirit of fear has fallen on the world as people in 152 nations are being affected by a virus that can be potentially worse than the flu. I put off canceling my trip to the USA for Passover, until I realized, I can’t put it off anymore. The world is in the grips of a threat that is hard to comprehend. A tiny micro-organism that cannot be seen or heard is toppling financial empires, nations, and the pride of nations. More than ever we are discovering that none of us truly wants or is able to lead. We are sheep – and for those without Jesus as their savior – sheep without a shepherd.

We are sheep in need of a Shepherd

Now more than ever, we need to keep our eyes on the Good Shepherd who is with us in all circumstances. All of us, need to keep our eyes on our Lord and Savior, and seek to serve, to bless, and be those who will not yield to the fear around us… letting His peace help us through. All of us have the hard task of waiting through this difficult time. We will have to learn to live with uncomfortable restrictions, we will have to wait and see if things get worse, and wait for when they get better.

The weather seems to reflect the mood as we wait it out

No one likes waiting. And the closer we are to the “end” of something, the harder it is to wait. In times like this, waiting can be a draining and depressing occupation. Waiting to see people again. Waiting to see if you have the virus or not. Waiting for life to get back to normal.

As I’ve watched what has been happening, first in China, then in other nations, and now in Israel, I too have been waiting. This weekend started with a sand storm and ended with gray drizzley skies. I felt like the weather had conspired to mirror the mood as we all wait to see what will happen. But even following Netanyanhu’s (excellent) speech to the people of Israel… the waiting continues.

What am I waiting for – shouldn’t it be “who”?

As I muse on all that has happened, and what is ahead, I realize, what am I waiting for? Shouldn’t I be waiting for a WHO and not a WHAT? These past few days, I keep returning to Psalm 42:5

             Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me?

             Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.

I begin to look at my Lord and Savior and remember all He has already done for me. In this situation too, He has not and will not desert me. No, I have no guarantees that I haven’t been, or won’t be exposed to the coronavirus. Hey, I have to be real, I work in a hospital and my office is sees high traffic of all kinds of people passing through. But I have one guarantee that no one can take from me – the Lord is with me. My light, my Salvation, and my God. As I ponder these things, I am comforted by Isaiah 40:31

but they who wait for the LORD will renew their strength.

They will soar up with wings as eagles. They will run, and not grow weary.

They will walk, and not be faint.

May we all wait, not for our circumstances to change, but on our Lord, for He does renew our strength, he does carry us on his wings, and through this challenging time, He will enable us to run, to walk, and to look up, because yes, our salvation does indeed draw near.