It is information overload. Overwhelmed by numerous disparate sources, it is difficult to distill the real news about COVID-19 from the noise. Even usually credible sources of information are muddled with a lack of critical fact-checking in an effort to get the latest bit of information out to an anxious public. At work, I struggle to sift through the often conflicting packets of information disseminated by numerous pundits. There are new labor laws that are literally changing by the hour as Congress passes the stimulus packages. There are competing health care guidelines given by local hospitals, the city, the state, the CDC, and the Federal government.
It is highly unlikely that I will ever be able to intelligently manage all of the information about the current COVID-19 crisis. Even the experts disagree upon the correct treatment because no one has ever dealt with this virus strain, there is simply an insufficient amount of data to make definitive decisions. If the experts disagree, what hope is there for me?
In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.
Psalms 94:19 (NKJV)
The mind-numbing barrage of information has encouraged me to spend more time in silent meditation with God. I need more than an expert to organize the information. I need an omnipotent and omniscient God who is able to show me the path to Truth. Just as God did, nearly forty years ago, when He showed me the straight and narrow path to Truth through faith and surrender to His Son, Jesus Christ, God is working in my life and the life of all believers to guide us to the critical decisions to successfully deal with the current pandemic.
Information overload only results in more anxiety. God overload always results in comfort for our souls.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.