Today Ireland has moved to a delay phase.
Due to the Coronavirus Ireland went to delay yesterday evening. This brings many changes to the way we gather and to family life as well. From one day to another people are called to work from home if at all possible while the children will stay home all day as well. Schools and universities keep their doors closed.
Yesterday, the government officials had announced the upcoming delay. Shortly after that the people flooded the supermarkets and bought all sorts of things. Now the stores are nearly out of bread, hygiene articles, flour, and more. What is happening? People started to panic.
Our focus shifts. Priorities change. People act differently when under pressure.
In midst of all of what is going on during the battle against the Coronavirus and the side-effects (e.g. people fighting with each other over a roll of toilet tissue or any other item the supermarket just ran out of) that come along with it, let us not despair but keep our focus on the LORD who is God Almighty, Creator of the universe, our very Help in times of trouble.
Psalm 121 says:
1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills —
From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
8 The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.