Today throughout the whole world nose mask has become part of dressing in the offices, schools, Churches, Market places and even in the homes especially while receiving visitors. As at December 2018 if someone should had informed me that today nose mask will become part of dressing in times to come, it might be difficult for me to believe, but today it is a reality. The Corona virus (Covid-19) which has invaded almost all parts of the world has become a great discomfort for humanity. There are many quarantine cases in diaspora, many have lost their jobs, separation among families, friends and relations and at worst death occurrences that were included. Oh God have mercy, most of the medical practitioners and some of our scientists have been working so hard in other to cure those affected with these deadly disease and also looking for a way to eradicate it entirely from the world but to no avail. However, thanks to God for some were healed with the availability of the recent vaccine while some have met their death.
Can corona virus be out of our world?
With God everything is possible but we human beings have our quota to contribute, by observing the measures put across which include wearing of nose mask, washing of hands regularly, applying sanitizer and lastly taking proper care of ourselves by maintaining personal hygiene.
As I said earlier that with God everything is possible, this is also a moment when we are to go on our knees in prayer “the master key” and solution to all problems.
The word of God in Mathew 7:7 says “ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be open unto you.” (Isaiah 22:22) What he opens no one can close, what he closes no one can open. I know that this might make some people uncomfortable because people have been praying since corona started, some are also asking, where is God? Is He asleep again like he did while in the boat with his disciples? Some are saying maybe God wants to use this way to punish us because of our sins or to bring us back to himself. There are many opinions concerning this but what I want to add is, we should not forget that our God is a merciful God. A friend of mine once asked, “Does it mean that our priests, pastors, religious men and women cannot pray for God to eradicate this pandemic from our world especially those of them who have adoration ministries? I remembered vividly that my answer to him was that God’s ways and that of man are not the same. He doesn’t think the way we do or act the way like us. Thomas A’ Kempis in his book “The imitation of Christ” said “Christ will come to you discovering to you his consolation, if you will prepare for him a fit dwelling within you.” In regard to this I think the situation of our world today should also be a moment of going back deep into ourselves, a time of metanoia, a time of letting go, a time to forgive one another, a time to try our possible best to avoid sin, a time to face God with sincere heart.
I will conclude with what St Augustine said that “your God who created you cannot save you without you.” It means even as we continue praying to God who is the impossibility specialist we should also endeavour to observe the protocols set aside for Covid-19. May God continue to enrich us with his grace, Amen.
Ezenwamba Godwin Somtoo
First year student