I read an excellent blog today. I wish I had written it. Have a look.
We can look at different metaphors for hard times. We are in the midst of a storm. We are walking through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
In both cases, it is something we get through and out the other end. At some stage we will reach dry land. At some stage we will move out of the shadowy valley to the sunshine of the hills.
Psalm 23 says,
The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet water, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (NIV)
The important thing, is that Jesus is with us. He’s in our boat if we are in a storm, He’s walking beside us if we are on a hiking trail through a dark and scary valley. The King James Version talks about the Valley of the Shadow of Death. In a way, this current pandemic is a shadow of death. Some people have died. 10 000 out of a world population of 7 700 000 000 or 1 in 770 000.
We will get through this. This, too, will pass.