I do not want to take our most current health risk lightly. From everything I read, it is a serious problem that is spreading quickly. I urge you take whatever precautions you feel you must take. I just wanted to share what I do when faced with a dilemma such as this. To describe it, I would like to talk about my trip to Afghanistan on a missions trip a few years ago.
When I went to Kabul, the capital city, it was right after the war in Iraq had started and the war in Aghanistan had finished, not the best time for an American to be in Afghanistan. I was there as part of a missions team that was teaching a business seminar at Kabul University and I was there for three weeks. I was one of two Americans on the team. The rest were from the Philippines, Korea and Canada.
We began each morning at 7 AM with two hours of group prayer and devotions for the 30 of us who lived together in two homes. Since residents had thrown hand grenades at the group van just weeks before I arrived, believe me when I tell you that no one missed morning prayer. (On the day before I left Kabul, we found out that our team had been targeted by a bomb squad from the university engineering department.)
During our morning prayer session, we would all stand and recite Psalm 91 and that is the point I want to make in this post. We took those words seriously and stood on them every day as we went about the business at hand. God protected us and He has protected and will protect you. As this pandemic sweeps the world, would this be a good way to start or end your day? In case it is, here is the psalm in its entirety so you won't even have to go look it up.
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the Lord, who is my refuge-
10 then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 "Because he loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation."