Guest column by Pastor Kirk Triplett
You wake up and you are faced with new information. You go out into the community and you discover a sense of tension in the air. What should the reaction be from those who place their faith in Jesus Christ? Many answers may be offered to this question, however, we cannot ignore the reality that everyone has been impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak.
In the Gospel of Mark, we have an account of the disciples crossing the Sea of Galilee when a great storm arose. The wind howled as the waves crashed, and the disciples were in fear for their lives. Meanwhile, Jesus slept in the stern of the boat. The disciples awakened Jesus, and Jesus rebuked the storm. Immediately, the sea was still.
We are in a time that feels like a storm crashing against us. We are tossed from side to side as the waves of information from news and social media outlets continue to bombard us. Be encouraged; Jesus is with us and he provides peace in the midst of the storm. Though the winds may blow, and the waves may crash, we can hold to the peace that Jesus offers.
Please understand, we must be wise; wash our hands diligently, avoid large gatherings of people, if you do not feel good stay home, if you are unhealthy and considered high-risk to the virus, take extra precaution. Know that Jesus ever-lives to bring you peace and comfort. As he brings comfort and peace to us, may we be those that extend that calm in the storm to others. Remember the words found in Psalm 46:10; “Be still and know that I am God.”
May God richly bless your day and may you enjoy Jesus.
Kirk Triplett is the Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Pocatello, Idaho.