5. Misplaced Anger
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Speaking of vices, anger is another one that we see rearing its ugly head during this time. More specifically, misdirected anger. There certainly are elements of COVID-19 that call for righteous anger: the very reality of disease and death itself are a byproduct of a broken world and the work of Satan.
However, how quickly we direct that anger at other targets like the people in your house or the decision-makers for our communities. With all the frequent agitations of changes, fears, and unknowns, the prospect of managing your own anger can feel like using a teaspoon to bail water out of a sinking ship.
Antidote: The Father’s Promise
Instead of trying to curb your anger, consider curving its direction. It is healthy and right to mourn the losses of life that this pandemic has caused, grieve the disappointment of cancelled plans, and call out the corruption and dissension that have emerged in the midst of peoples’ suffering.
However, instead of lashing out at others, take your frustration to the Lord. As you cry to him, even your anger will become laced with hope, because you are speaking to the One who one day will make all things right. God can handle our anger as well as its source. He promises us that someday death itself, the greatest enemy, will die (1 Corinthians 15:26).
Despite our lack of control, our sin, our discouragement, and our rhythms of normalcy being thrown off, He is the same. And one day this strange season will be wrapped up with those “former things” which will be no more: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain...He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”” Revelation 21:4-5.
Julie Davis is a retired ballet dancer-turned-homeschool mom of 3 young daughters. Her passion is for walking alongside fellow believers and reminding them of the grace and power of the Gospel in their lives. She loves to ponder and laugh at the adventures of life and motherhood via her Instagram and blog. Julie and her husband George live in Richmond, Virginia and enjoy hosting friends, getting outside, and sipping on moderately priced bourbon.
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