Thank you to Fred Seeba for contributing this guest post!
These are the words that Fred shared with Church Council this past Monday night (plus pictures).

What does the coronavirus issue have to do with our faith, and where is God in all of this?  I remembered an exercise we did with Pastor Rich a while back where we drew a timeline of our lives and marked the good and difficult periods we had been through.  Then we drew a timeline of our spiritual growth.  Amazingly, the periods when we grew closest to God were the most difficult periods of our lives, which is the point of the exercise.
It is kind of like the Footprints prayer, where Jesus said, “It was then that I carried you.”

When you want to get to know someone better, you talk with them to find out what is going on in their lives.  And when we pray due to a big issue in our lives (Like a coronavirus pandemic), that is exactly what happens with
our relationship with God.  We talk to Him about our fears and concerns, and we grow closer to Him.

Where is God in all of this?  He is right here!  He hasn’t gone anywhere.  In Hebrews 13, Jesus says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  He doesn’t say, “Unless there is a pandemic, and then all bets are off!”
He is right next to us as we navigate through these uncharted waters.  

Is Jesus here at this meeting tonight with us?  In Matthew 18, He stated that “Where two or more are gathered in my name, I am there with them.”  There are certainly more than two of us here (although maybe that’s
a bad thing 😊), so Jesus has promised that He is here as well.

At times like these I think about the saying, “I do not know what my future holds,
but I do know who holds my future.”

So, let’s try to not make ourselves crazy by letting the worst-case scenarios dominate our thoughts.
I know I do at times, and it’s not helpful.

In Matthew 6, Jesus says, “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  And in John 14 He says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.”

We have a God who is way bigger than the coronavirus.  Let us continue to trust in Him
and allow Him to give us that peace that passes all human understanding.  ~ Fred