One of the enduring qualities that draws me to Summit County is the realization that we are only guests on this earth. As I look out my front window at home and as I commute through Ten Mile Canyon to work, I am reminded of the power in nature and that an avalanche, a falling rock, or suddenly changing road conditions could be my call home. Summit County may be evolving into a more suburban environment, but it still does not have the feel of most cities where there is a general sense that humankind has substantially conquered nature. In the U.S. and Western world, in general, we like to assert civil and individual rights, we like to do what feels good, and—above all—we like to be in control!
The Coronavirus is scary. The civilian authorities are issuing guidance and health orders, but they are not in control. The best and brightest in modern medicine are working around the clock to gain the upper hand on this scourge, but they are not in control. Most of us are spending a lot of “quality” time at home, and when we go out we are treating longtime friends, neighbors, and even some family members like space aliens for fear of catching the virus—so we are clearly not in control.
Recently, I have been thinking about biblical examples of extreme fear, distress, and uncertainty and how God delivered for his people. Noah did not know when the flood would start and how long it would last. The famines that struck throughout the Bible. The Israelites exodus from Egypt. Daniels’s life. Jonah’s marine mammal adventure. The angel of death at Passover. The Apostles fear in the fierce storm on Galilee. And maybe the greatest example of all, Job!
Perhaps the greatest lessons of Job are that there are very real forces of evil in the world, that our fiercest enemy is one that we experience but cannot see with naked eyes, and that evil can have its free range but it cannot overcomes God’s ultimate plan and protection. In these times of fear, darkness, and confusion, there is hope and light, no matter how difficult times may be for you and your family. In John 11:25-26, Jesus said to Martha, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?
Bruce Butler, elder