26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,[a] yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! (ESV).
Greetings to you all in the name of our God, creator of the world and all that is in it; the flora and the fauna, the living and non-living things, the giant animals and birds with the tiniest ones, the creepers and the crawlers, the microbes and the atoms!
When I saw this beautiful wild lilies radiantly blooming in such an open and unprotected place, must be by the roadside, beside the pipeline! It reminds me of this biblical passage as quoted above. And my thought wanders around, and looking at myself and my fellow human beings who are struggling, if not physically but mentally fighting against Covid19 Pandemic, which is causing havoc to our lives. Our pain and our struggles are real. Our cry and the loss of our dear and loved ones are real. Our trauma is real.
In the midst of uncertainty encircling around us … the whispering of God came so loud to my heart through these beautiful and fragile lilies, saying “Why worry, my child! look at these tiny, fragile yet beautiful lilies, blooming with magnificent colours. It is me who creates and clothes them; they just bloom when their time comes even just for a day yet they reveal the glory of God!”
“My child, you are created by me with love and care, do not worry, leave all your burdens on me, I will carry you through; have faith in me and take courage; you are more precious than these lilies; I clothe you with home to shelter you from storm, heat, cold; I care for you like a mother eagle, spreading my wings to carry you and catch you when you are falling; do not be afraid nothing exists without any purpose as God holds the universe, even the Covid19. Be still and know that I am God.”
Some health experts and even health ministers of some state governments have indicated that Covid-19 has now entered the community transmission stage in India. At this stage, authorities don’t know about the source of infection for patients. The virus becomes part of large social circles. At this juncture, we feel that we are like the wild lilies, so vulnerable and so fragile. But let’s remember that we need to come to terms with this virus, by not taking it lightly but with much care as per medical guidelines and government instructions. Let’s adopt our new life style while relying and trusting on the promises of God. God cares for us, as much as the wild lilies and even much more than that. In the midst of our sorrows, loss and cry, God is holding our hands saying, “Be still and know that I am God, I am with you”.
May the Peace of God be upon us, especially to those who suffer the pain of loss, sickness and death. Amen.
Dr. Hrangthan Chhungi,
Church Relations & Resource Mobilisation Department