4. We are all realizing we’re not as strong as we thought we were.
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Perhaps for the first time in the history of the world we all need each other.
We need our governments for updates on what is happening, as well as instruction on how to best care for ourselves and others.
We need our medical workers and first responders when we find we are no longer able to care for ourselves.
We need the cooperation of other countries as we admit we don’t have all the answers.
Whereas we, as a nation, saw ourselves prior to this pandemic as powerful—even to the point of arrogance—in the areas of science, technology, and medical research...we now see how very little we actually know. How much we need to still learn about something so tiny, but so much more powerful than we are.
We are, maybe for the first time in the history of our nation, truly vulnerable—physically, economically and spiritually.
After the terrorist bombings of 9/11, we could cast blame on someone else and arm up to retaliate. Not the case now. All we can do is cooperate with the safety guidelines, wait, and pray that God intervenes.
Could this cause the world to finally recognize there is a God?
Without God, there is no hope. And people right now, all over the world, truly need hope. We are united in our need for hope, as well as our need for healing.
For Americans, there was a pride that “we are the most powerful, influential nation in the world.” While that can be a statement of thankfulness because of the opportunities given to us, it can also be a statement of arrogance and misplaced pride.
We're now all facing that we aren’t as strong as we thought we were. We’ve made past mistakes in not being prepared. We’ve downplayed or scoffed at warnings we didn’t think were valid. And now we must rely on God’s timing and one another’s cooperation to do the best we can to make sure this pandemic doesn’t continue to spread.
There is something unifying about realizing none of us is in control. We aren’t in a race against another country to find a vaccine, we are in a joint effort to find a solution to help all of humankind.
We aren’t promoting an individual nation, we’re trying to extend global life.
We are now focused on finding a cure rather than perpetuating conflict.
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