I have recently been reading The Point Of It All by the late, great Charles Krauthhammer. He writes, “So the next time you find yourself in the midst of some national hysteria with sensible people losing their heads, with legislatures in panic and with media buying it all and amplifying it with a kind of megaphone effect, remember this: Remember that a people—even the most sensible people—can all lose their heads at once. Remember the tulip craze that swept Holland 3 centuries ago….”
In light of recent Coronavirus events, many of us may in fact be losing our heads—watching too much television, falling for the attendant media hype, resorting to hand wringing, worrying, anxious thoughts and even panic. What is going to happen, how many will be infected and/or die, how long will it last, what will happen to my retirement funds? While this is a serious world event, and is affecting many segments of our society, ones similar have occurred before and will likely happen again in the future. When we are confronted with doomsday type statements from experts, talking heads or online opinions we should strive to keep our wits about us and things in perspective. I am reminded of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians in which he reminds us to: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” I pray that we will all take Paul’s advice and concentrate on these important truths. Our Lord and Savior has this and all perceived crisis under his control. He will protect us from harm. Be strong and courageous. This too shall pass.
Tim Glasco, elder