Feeling insecure

Some people thrive on insecurity, while others find it hard to cope when too many things are unsure. We all know people who begin to panic when small things do not go as they should. While others in such situations, irritatingly, shrug their shoulders.
As I am by nature a ‘non-worrier’, I find it hard to empathise with panicky people. That is of course a deficit in me, I admit. But why do people who worry much, get so easily upset from people who seem to float through life as if nothing can go wrong?

People who shrug their shoulders when they think of the present medical emergency, may get infected, however secure they think they are. And people who worry and have sleepless nights, may just as well end up in the emergency room. Which for me, obviously, ‘proves’ that worrying is not a useful activity. While for the worrier, it underlines that the worries were justified.

Worrying much does not solve our situation, that is a fact. And denying it does not help either, that is also a fact. Everyone is vulnerable and fragile, and COVID-19 has shows this quite well.

Whatever type of person we are, we need to anchor the ship of our life somewhere secure. Where do we find our solace, our solid ground, when the tectonic plates of life seem to be shifting under us? The present crisis is a moment that will lead many people to reflect on such questions.

As Christians we put our trust in God, the only solid ground we have in matters of life and death. And let us pray that he helps us all, personally, to act wisely, for our governments to handle the crisis well, that researchers are blessed with wisdom to find the right vaccins, that doctors are strengthened to do a good job, that people who are sick get better. Let us pray especially for lonely people.

And that we use the present time to reach out to people (yes, with the necessary physical distance) and that we are a beacon in this dark night that points our acquaintances to the only secure harbour to be found. When we moor our ship with God, we are safe in life and death, however high the seas.