Follow up to my recent FB post.
My original post:
Another coronavirus post (sorry) by a doctor...but hopefully from a different perspective.
I’ve lived through and worked through the early stages of this thing, in an area of the world where most would say it all started. I lived through the height of this thing as well. Maybe the numbers aren’t being documented properly and we’re still near the height here (who knows). Some of the international clinic team and I helped manage the situation from a public health standpoint early on but we’ve also done it on a personal/patient level as well, managing potential cases that never entered into an over-crowded, scary and ill-equipped medical system. I’m so proud of our staff and docs as some of them have worked all this time while many of us have been off since the Lunar New Year. We’ve experienced first hand what fear does to not just people, but a community and country and entire region of the world.
I’m not going to pretend to be a coronavirus expert. I’m not going to spew any more facts your way, as you probably already get that 24-7 on TV, radio, online, social media, etc. I’m not going to try to educate you on what a virus is, how this is different from the “common” flu, the incubation period of this thing, the symptoms, how to properly wash your hands...whatever. You get enough of that. There are much smarter docs than me that can share all that.
What I want to do is simply encourage and challenge and even plead with you (and myself) about something. As this thing hits more and more close to home (and it likely will) it’s natural to be scared. It’s natural to have some fear. But, how we respond to that fear is what defines us and will define us as people.
It’s easy to love others and care for others when we have nothing or very little to lose. Let’s use these times to live by faith (brothers and sisters) and show love and care to others despite our fears and despite being scared. Let’s use these times to live by faith and show that despite being scared we can still live with hope and be filled by His unexplainable peace and joy. Let’s use these times.
Some people asked why I wrote what I wrote. Others thanked me for my post, which embarrasses me because I’m just speaking from the heart. Anyways, here’s a quick follow up.
I wrote what I did after FB exploded with virus post after virus post. In some ways it seems even crazier in the States than it was here 1-2 months ago. I had a hard time wrapping my head around it all. I found myself asking God, why? What’s the point in all this? I found myself getting frustrated and even flustered at Him.
I happened to be at this spot Thursday to meet someone. We found ourselves only chatting for a few minutes...with the rest of the 45 minutes or so just taking in God’s creation and praying.
With Hong Kong on my left and mainland Ch1n@ on my right He showed me this was all His creation. For the longest time the left of this picture represented freedom and the right represented an oppr3ss1ve government that’s put their people in invisible chains and behind invisible prisons. But, I quickly realized, man (!!!), I need Him so badly. I am so weak and fragile and small and insignificant without Him. I, too, am living with my own invisible chains and behind my own invisible prisons.
Looking at the creation I started to think about the Creator. How badly does He want us to appreciate this? How badly does He want us to be filled and moved by His hope, His peace, and His love? And, when we do appreciate His creation and when we are filled and moved by his hope, peace and love...how does that change us? How does that change the world we live in?
Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” (Book of John)
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Book of Revelations)