An International Perspective on COVID 19
“For God so loved the WORLD…”
– John 3:16a
I’m sorry to admit that while in Africa these past three years I’ve said, more than once “if only we were in the USA we would have working WiFi, water, electricity or air conditioning. I could go to a wedding, funeral, birthday party, graduation, or baby shower. I could go to Hobby Lobby, Target, or Trader Joe’s.”
Since returning to the states, we’ve had weeks without a phone, times with no WiFi, no air conditioning or electricity, and no working plumbing or running water. Plus we’ve had to move houses three times from April to June. And just like you, due to COVID-19, we’ve been restricted from going to church, seeing friends and family, and taking part in celebrations. There have been times that stores were closed and even here in the U.S. there are times that I still can’t find items used for certain recipes.
It’s easy to think that life “here in America” is better than “there”, that everything in America must always work perfectly, like the U.S, is somehow equal to heaven. But struggles and distractions are both here and there. Especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems everyone has a story of sacrifice to tell.
Particularly at this time, I must remember others. Everyone seems to be struggling in some way. So many have had to deal with limited family interactions, limited celebrations, and even limited times of mourning. I don’t know if our lives will ever be the same again or what “normal” will look like. Frustrations & uncertainties are all around us, but we have the privilege of being able to take our worries and concerns to the Lord! It’s so easy to get sucked into “if only I had…”
As I was telling one of my brothers what has been going on since we got stateside he said, “Well what do you think the Lord is teaching you through all of this?” My first response was that I hadn’t thought of it as a teachable moment, just frustrations. Now my response is that my contentment needs to be found in Jesus and not in things of this world or a certain country. We are not put on earth to live at Disney World 24/7. We are here to shine the light of Jesus at all times and to rejoice even when things don’t seem magical. I must remember that this world is not my home, that we are just passing through, and we are to bring others with us to our final heavenly home.
I ask forgiveness for being envious of you here & me there in Africa. And I thank you for allowing us to serve alongside you as we take the gospel to the Wolof tribe together. May we fall on our knees thanking God for who He is and asking for God to heal our nation. May we see each other through the eyes of Christ.
In His Love,
Shad and Amy Wilkerson
Members of FBCBA
Full-time Missionaries in Africa