I don’t know about the rest of you, but when someone tells me to calm town, that’s like an invitation to pick a fight. It seems that the current climate in our country is being determined by a minute virus and a rabid political scene. Add to that all the anger, impatience, lack of patriotism, lack of trust, violence and hate that looms in our cities as well as our rural areas. Everyone is pretty much on edge these days.
I made my way through the local Wal Mart yesterday and noticed that the floor signs indicating how far we should stand apart along with the arrows pointing to the way we should travel through the aisles were missing. People were wearing masks and seemed to be spaced apart at the right distance without having to be reminded by the signs. Is this another indication of how conditioned we become in just a few months? Not only that, but most people I came into contact with yesterday were grumpy and anxious.
We’re told on one hand to wear masks and socially distance, but college campuses are filled with unmasked students who are bunched up in close groups. Social events continue with apparently no concern for being exposed to this deadly disease. Many of these kids are putting themselves at risk along with those they come in contact with, but is that just something we’ve been led to believe?
In fact, our ability to reason has been dispelled by fear. Those of us in our vulnerable years don’t want to venture to a clinic filled with sick people. We’re cautious about wearing a mask, but we do so, because we feel we’re not only helping ourselves, but others, even when we can’t breathe. We’ve also learned to place our trust in God which seems to be a cop out by most of society today.
We’ve been conditioned for a long, long time to trust our elected officials, our teachers, our parents, those in authority and the news media. We’ve chosen the path of least resistance, because it creates less tension and doesn’t make us accountable.
Through the latest reports from the CDC we get mixed messages. No one seems to know the best way to deal with this disease. We take chances so we can be with our friends and do the things we did before. We’re tired of the rhetoric, the lies, the unknown, the waiting.
Still, even in the midst of all the chaos that fills the air these days, we have words to fill us with confidence in God’s Holy Word, the Bible.
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” ISAIAH 40:31
In other words, CALM DOWN!