Well here we are, it’s Monday morning in New York City. Quarantine Day 18.
Thanks to the Coronavirus, New Yorkers are collectively climbing the walls of their never-before-felt-smaller apartments. You turn on the news, and it’s all about how NYC is on the brink of crumbling. Which, sure — go outside and it feels like the apocalypse because zero people are out, and every shop and restaurant is closed. But the reality is that — New Yorkers are all just holed up in their apartments, wearing the same sweatpants for the third day in a row, drinking wine at 3pm, and mindlessly reading #CoronaMemes from their makeshift office desks on the couch.
Or maybe that’s just me and my friends.
Now look, I’m in no way making light of this situation – I am merely trying to lighten the tense and frightened mood 🙂 The fact is, that while we’re all social distancing and living the life of a legitimate couch potato, our medical professionals, store clerks, deliverymen, sanitation workers, doormen, firefighters/police officers, farmers, and truck drivers are out there in harm’s way, working overtime as actual pillars of society in this pandemic. And to them — including my brother, who is a doctor — I say a humongous thank you.
So, as a member of the former camp, I have a lot of isolated spare time on my hands. To date, I haven’t watched TV other than the nightly news, and I’ve spent the little free time I do have learning the guitar and researching about Corona and the like.
And in my informative pursuits, I realized something very interesting….
The infection transmission rate of COVID19 is a model for successful evangelization.
Now listen — I know this could be seen as slightly bad timing. Like…come on, read the room, girl. BUT – I am all for looking for silver linings.
But just look at this chart.
Right now, the data show that one person transmits COVID19 to (on average)…three people. Who then each pass it onto three more people. Who pass it onto three more people. And thus, the exponential — or viral — spread of Corona.
Looking at this daunting visual…it hit me: that is the power of one person sharing the Good News.
If each one of us, found the courage to be beacons of light, and point our lives to Jesus…and “transmitted” His love to just three people…who then passed it on, who then passed it on…imagine what our world would be like.
(And no — I’m not giving a cheeky reference to that self-serving “Imagine” compilation video shared by Gal Gadot and her celebrity friends.)
No – imagine the real change — the positive force — that could come to be. Talk about the ramifications of “community spread!”
My prayer all along — in addition to the eradication of this horrible virus, and the protection of loved ones and those on the front lines — is that people would use this time of solitude and forced isolation to truly contemplate their eternity, and turn to God.
That has been my greatest prayer. Because people are scared. And frankly, they’re scared of dying. We’ve got the news out here telling us that 1 in 2 New Yorkers are going to get COVID19, and when they do, there won’t be a hospital bed, and basically you’re going to suffocate to death in the dingy hallway of an overcrowded hospital with no family or loved ones around because of contamination risk.
At the end of the day — I don’t care how “realistically minded” or “staunchly fearless” you are — whether you admit it or not, every single one of us is afraid of that — at least to some degree.
And when people are scared — especially of death — they think about God…and specifically what’s going to happen to them in the “great beyond.”
And I just pray that during this time, people return to Him. To His loving, welcoming arms that are always open, no matter what.
And if we all come out of this incredibly trying season, having had a life-interrupting encounter with our Creator, and come to have a renewed love for Him…and then share that…the ramifications could be momentous.
Now look, I’m not talking that we need to take up a soap box on the street corner and start berating people with the Gospel. No — we should share the Good News always, and use words when necessary.
If the Coronavirus has taught us anything, it is that there is power in one. ONE. One person passing on the virus. One person social distancing. One doctor treating patients. One delivery person transporting supplies. One.
One person, sharing God’s love.
It could be you. It could be me. But what if it was all of us.
Stay healthy, stay well, stay positive.
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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