One of my favorite verses from the Bible is this one above. It is one that gives me so much comfort during difficult times and right now I feel as if I am in difficult times again.
I have seen signs posted during the pandemic with the message Faith not Fear emblazoned on them. While I appreciate the signs I have a feeling that my interpretation of them might not be quite what the posters had intended.
My take on the “faith not fear” is that as a woman of faith I do have faith in a God who has called me by name, who knows every hair on my head (colored or not), and who loves me for who I am. I also am a woman who believes in science and in the abilities of those to whom God has entrusted great wisdom and knowledge. So instead of just having faith — I have faith that God is in the details.
In other words – I believe God is in the details of the vaccine. There – I said it. I may not be the most popular person in some circles to state that and I may regret it ( but I do have control over comments so keep it nice) but I do believe in my heart of hearts that God has gifted our scientists with great abilities that they have developed and have used during the pandemic. Why would I not have faith in them?
As the cases of Covid-19 escalate rapidly in our county I am appalled and shocked. I am changing plans and, of course, masking up when I go out. The new variant(s) are unpredictable and can be transmitted by those who are vaccinated. I do not want to be THAT person so I will care for others by wearing a mask.
Do I live by faith? Absolutely. Do I live in fear? Absolutely not. Am I trying to make educated decisions about how I live my life? Yes. I hope you will as well.
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Thank you, Joyce. It is heavy on my heart right now and I just want everyone I care about to be as safe as possible. Thanks for reading.
Yes, yes, yes! You voice my same feelings and beliefs!
And that Bible verse? That was what I carried with me through my second pregnancy with Allison!!
So much love to you!
Virginia– thank you for affirming what I know in my heart is true. I just was so down yesterday as we canceled plans to make a trip back to see friends up north and it just hit me that those signs I have seen may not be meaning what “I” actually believe. Stay well and hope you get to see that Bub very soon. I know it is so hard to not be with them!
Love you friend! Glad our hearts know each other.
Good for you for sharing what you feel and believe. God is in charge.
For me, I hardly think about the pandemic. I always get a regular flu shot every year, so I got the COVID shot, too. Everyone in my family did. We have been blessed to all stay healthy. No one is upset about it. We followed the rules, but didn’t treat it as a big deal and no one panicked. Several of the younger generation in my family are front-line health workers, so we are proud of them. I am truly concerned about those who have been affected by COVID but it’s not a big deal to me personally. Love you Beth Ann
Having healthcare workers in your family is a bonus— most of them get it. I try to not over react but my caring heart wants everyone to be safe. Thanks for weighing in!
I also agree. We are all given special talents and abilities and I trust the scientists as they are using their god-given talents to help us overcome this virus, as we have overcome things in the past. My brother had polio. No one gets it anymore because of the scientists and the vaccine they came up with. Case closed.
Thank you for this!!!! I agree with you 100% of course and I’m saddened that many people choose religion and politics over sound science in this instance. Our “darling” governor in Florida is the prime example – his antics yesterday are just ridiculous, all for his own political future. Meanwhile, more and more people are being hospitalized and dying… like you we’ve all masked up more again because I also don’t want to be the one getting someone else sick. I’m just grateful that my whole family is vaccinated. It gives me some peace of mind.
I cringed when I watched your governor. While some people understand the risks right now there are so many that don’t. My frustration is that we do not have to be at this place. We could be well past this if folks would have just gotten the shots. I, too, am grateful all our families have gotten the vaccine but know of many surprisingly who have not.
Well said, Beth Ann. I agree with you completely. I too believe and want our Lord in every detail of everything in our lives.
Beth Ann, this post expresses exactly how I feel. I, too, see God in the details, how He’s gifted individuals with skills to create vaccines, to advise us on the best ways to protect ourselves, etc. Thank you for writing on this topic and sharing your faith-based/trust in God perspective. I am absolutely on the same page.
Faith (to me) includes remembering that “God helps those who help themselves.”
Amen! I agree 100%. Thanks for sharing what might be an unpopular view with some but is a strong view for those of us that have faith in God AND science.
Thanks, Leann! I appreciate that you “get” it! Stay well!
I agree with you 100%.
I’m right there with you! Be smart and be safe.