High River United Church of High River, Alberta

Pandemics are Un-Predictable

Many of us in North American society have become used to a predictable way of life. We rely on being able to count on most things happening as planned with only an occasional snow storm that interrupts our well-laid out plans. We can order from a certain online company and receive next day delivery. We can go to the grocery store and usually find exactly what we need.


It was a bit of a comeuppance for this particular Canadian when I lived in Jamaica for four months and discovered that I could not count on busses coming on any sort of schedule (due to frequent break downs and no parts for repairs) or being able to buy any bread in the store (let alone the particular type or brand I wanted). Mailing a parcel required at least 2 hours in the post office. In a country where everything is in short supply, my plans meant nothing.


So it is with a pandemic. Our desires for predictability mean nothing to COVID-19. The coronavirus doesn’t care if we are celebrating a special birthday, wanting to visit a loved one or looking for toilet paper. Our governments and chief medical officers are following the science and watching the statistics and, on our behalf, learning more each day, but this is a new virus which keeps adapting so it can keep spreading. This means that officials can not predict exactly when we can have more freedom of interaction and more opening of the economy.


This virus is not predictable. It will not cooperate with our desires and yearnings. Yet, what is predictable is that if we follow health orders, we will stop the spread and reduce infection. If we wear masks, physically distance and not hold social gatherings, and keep doing this until enough people are vaccinated, we can come to the end of this pandemic.


In one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible, we are told that God is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. (Revelation 21:6). God is with us from the beginning to the end of this pandemic, encouraging, inspiring and comforting us, so that we can tolerate the unpredictability of this pandemic and follow health measures to get us to the end.


Pandemics may not be predictable, but the love and care of God is always predictable!

Thanks be to God!


With love and blessings,

Rev. Susan



Let Go Let God



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