Nobody is exempt from concern regarding our 2020 Worldwide Pandemic. Children have questions, too. When Nannygranne’s seven-year-old neighbor lamented the fact she couldn’t yet go to the community swimming pool, she pursed her lips and stomped her foot, complaining, “Why did God even make the Coronavirus, anyway!” She plopped down next to Nannygranne on the porch swing. The girl’s question, though spoken in frustration, was valid.
“What do you wish God had done, Evelyn?”
“I wish God hadn’t made any germs,” she declared.
“There are a lot of kinds of bacteria and viruses in our world. Did you know that we need some of them in our bodies to be healthy?”
Evelyn dramatically gaped at me and said, “There are good germs in our bodies? Then why do I have to wash my hands so much!”
“Well, our intestines need good bacteria, but so does the ground. Bacteria help us digest our food. Other bacteria on the ground digest leaves and dead bugs, and turn them into dirt that grows things. But some of those good bacteria in the wrong place, like your mouth, can make you sick. So we wash our hands and bodies to keep them where they are supposed to be.”
Nannygranne hoped Evelyn would be impressed with God’s handiwork, at least to some degree.
“So, the Coronavirus is a good virus but makes us sick?” Evelyn’s interest was piqued.
“Well, the Coronavirus #19 was just born this year from another kind of virus. So it started as a bad one.”
“So God didn’t make it?” she asked.
“God created everything in the world and made living things able to change. Humans who live where the sun is hot and strong have grown darker skin for protection. Animals who live where it’s freezing all the time have grown thick fat skin and heavy coats of fur. Bacteria and viruses change, too, so they can be stronger and live longer.”
Then Nannygranne whispered secretively, ” But God did something extra for the living things and also for us.”
“What did God do extra?” Evelyn whispered back.
“He gave our bodies soldier cells and even little ninja cells to fight the bad germs.” Nannygranne boxed the air, then laughed and added, “The soldier cells are really called white blood cells and the ninja cells are called antibodies. You’ll learn more about those in school. God even taught the children of Israel to wash their hands and stay away from sick people. So, see, God is taking care of us. ”
“And Mommy said that God gives us doctors and scientists who are going to find a way to kill the Coronavirus, too, so He is helping us that way, too.” Evelyn saw God’s hand in the fight.
“But remember, Evelyn, that God is sad when His people get sick or die. Jesus even cried when one of his friends died. But Jesus made him alive again and promised to make us alive again someday after we die” (John 11:33).
Nannygranne saw Evelyn’s expression darken ever so slightly. She pulled her closer to her side protectively, assuring her she was in safe care. “Did you know that the Bible says that even the Earth that God made hurts and will be glad when Jesus comes to take us to the New Heaven and New Earth. So we won’t have to worry about viruses and germs forever.”
Nannygranne picked up her phone, finding 2 Corinthians 5:2 and asked Evelyn to read it for her.
Evelyn looked at the words and read haltingly, “But now we are tired of this body. We want God to give us our heavenly home.” Then she looked up at her older friend and said, “I guess God will take the Coronavirus away when He’s ready.”
Nannygranne laughed and hugged Evelyn as she said, “That’s right! But let’s stay healthy and clean so our soldier cells and ninja cells can beat that old Coronavirus if it gets in where it doesn’t belong!”
“O-Kay!” Evelyn jumped up. Joyfully clapping her hands, she ran for the door, calling over her shoulder, “I’m going to ask Mama if we can play in the sprinkler!”
“For all creation is waiting patiently and hopefully for that future day when God will resurrect his children… For we know that even the things of nature, like animals and plants, suffer in sickness and death as they await this great event.” Romans 8:19,22 NLT
“But now we are tired of this body. We want God to give us our heavenly home.” 2 Corinthians 5:2 ERV