The nation is currently in a state of war in response to COVID-19. 

My son just said, "This is a pretty crazy time right now." My dad said the other day, "The thing this most reminds me of is the Great Depression."

My mother-in-law suggested that this is like the great plagues that afflicted our ancestors in previous centuries.

It really makes you think.

Looking on the Bright Side
On the good side, everyone seems nicer these days. They're more helpful, and more willing to talk about ordinary life.

That might partly be because people aren't so obsessed with organized sports. 

I like March Madness as much as the next guy. 

But when I'm focused on a struggle with absolutely zero life application, it probably makes me a little less willing to talk about ordinary stuff. 

Like what a guy on the Centennial Trail talked to me about the other day.

Conversation on the Centennial Trail
He was on crutches, and asked me about my braces. "How old are you?" he asked. I told him. "And why did you get that done?" "Because my dentist told me my jaw would shrink as I got older," I said.

"Oh, isn't that interesting," he said. Then he told me how before his stroke he ran some kind of marathon up and down Pike's Peak--twenty-three times.

If it had been life as usual, the man on crutches probably would have either minded his own business or talked about how the Zags are doing. Not that I don't care about Gonzaga. But asking me about my braces and talking about the marathons he's run seemed more down-to-earth.

I wonder how long it will take to go back to ordinary life once this thing blows over. Honestly, we may never entirely get over it. People who went through World War II or the Great Depression seem permanently affected by those events.

I'm not sure that's entirely a bad thing. The experience of sitting home with my family talking about ordinary things will stay with me forever, I think. I'm sure it will stay with my wife and kids, too.

Yes, I'm scared. But I'm also aware that God is using COVID-19 to refocus people on what matters. I'm thankful for that, and hope you are, too.

In Bible Times
Reading through the Bible, it seems that disasters happened quite a bit more regularly than they do today. And what they went through was much worse.

Getting invaded by a foreign power or being carried away into captivity are things I can't even imagine.

The Psalms memorialize Israel's response to these things so that we can read about their devotion to their God even today. 

I wonder what kind of memorial of God's faithfulness in the midst of COVID-19 we will leave behind to the generations that come after us.

B.L. Jenkins

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