The Wilderness of the Unforseen

Updated: Mar 23


‘Always in the big woods, when you leave the familiar ground and step into a new place, there will be a little nagging of dread.

It is the ancient fear of the unknown, and it is your first bond with the wilderness you are going into.

What you are doing is exploring. You are undertaking your first experience, not of this place, but of yourself in that place.’

Wendell Barry

How could something so pretty and so tiny, something that the eye cannot see, cause so much confusion and fear around us - even changing the way we live?

In world history people have been through traumatic times but for us, on a global scale, it is our first time.

The world we took for granted is changed, all those usual routines have gone. Every generation has its challenge but the Corona virus presents a personal challenge to us all.

Jesus didn’t say that the world wouldn’t change, but He did say that ‘HE is the same yesterday, today and forever.’ Hebrews 13:8

Should we be anxious?

Fear and panic are not from God; faith and hope are. Jesus said many times ‘do not be afraid’. He knows what lies ahead of us and tells us to trust Him.

We are united with Christ and never alone.

He is the light of the world (John 8:12).

We are also the light of the world and need to respond by trusting God, praying and staying steady, particularly for our families and those around us.

This crisis will pass and may even leave us with a better way of living.

We need to follow government advice and practice self-care, and care for others. It’s vital to stay connected to others; family, friends and church, to ask for help and to give help. Encouraging, faith-filled words are vital (and truthful). God gave us technology for these purposes.

We can use the extra time wisely, getting closer to loved ones, time for reading and for prayer. Keep busy in the house and garden, study, even start new hobbies.

God goes ahead of us and is with us, for He knows the way.

Stay close to others and to God.


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