I know I put the word pandemic in quotes but it’s my own personal belief that this is a premature classification for something that is, so far, proving to be less deadly than the flu.
That being said, I started to think about the people who are affected by this who aren’t sick. In New Jersey, they have categorized businesses into essential and non-essential. The non-essential businesses have to close. If they offer food, then they can do take-out and delivery.
I started to feel bad for the non-essential businesses.
I’m thinking about the businesses that are affected by this. The people who might own the picture frame shop down the street that just gets by on the customers who come in; the coffee shop around the corner that also has some food items but they don’t offer delivery; the flower shop or the bakery or the jewelry store.
In my home state of New Jersey, they are considered to be non-essential. Where are they going to get the money to pay bills when they don’t have any income? If this goes on for much longer, you are going to see these businesses close for good.
I’m also thinking about the people who are in the hospital and can’t receive visitors. They’re sitting there alone (and maybe scared), unable to have their family come and see them. For some, this might be the last time they’ll see their family.
Or the funerals that no one can have when their loved one passes on. How can anyone get together and grieve for their loss when they aren’t allowed to get together in groups?
Or what about the people who believe that they can’t see family members because they think they can’t leave the house?
I think you get the picture.
We’re living in a world of unknowns.
We have no idea when everything will start to open back up again. We don’t know if our favorite pizza shop will survive this lockdown. We don’t know where this will all be in one or two months. Is it going to get worse? Will we be told not to leave our houses for any reason at all?
Only time will tell where the government wants to take this next. For now, all we can do is wait and see.
Please remember to always pray and keep Jesus near. He is the only one who can get us out of this. Prayer is a very powerful tool.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)