Corrie ten Boom writes, “Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear”. Corrie knew very well about lockdown and the fear not to know when you will be released. She lived during the Nazis regime at the height of the Second World War. Corrie and her family gave shelter to Jews and vulnerable people during the war, but later on in 1944 were reported and subsequently arrested. The entire family were sent to a concentration camp where father and sister died. Soon after Corrie and her sister were deported to the notorious Ravensbruck concentration camp.
The current lockdown is sending shivers down our spines, and the million dollar question we are all asking is when will the carnage end? The chief economic advisors around the world are filing their fears of the forthcoming hardship due to lack of economic activities. The poor and vulnerable are subjected to unbearable pain of hunger and displacement. Fear is natural phenomena which cultivates our minds at a time uncertainty. The biggest fear we are all carrying at the moment is, how to survive the wrath of this virus?
During captivity, Betsie (Corrie’s sister), just before she died told her that ‘there is no place deep enough where God cannot reach’. I firmly believe our God is in full control despite the adversity we are in.
Corrie proved her captors wrong, and went on to become world renowned preacher. In 1946 at the age of 53, Corrie started a worldwide ministry that took her to more than 60 countries over the next 33 years, and gave her the opportunity to share God’s love and hope with many people. She wrote many books, including her best-selling book ‘The Hiding Place’.
Do not focus on what lies ahead, just allow God to take care of you in the midst of the storm.
Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?