“In conclusion, we want to reassure all of our clients that we are diligently working to minimize disruptions in our service to your companies as we all work remotely.”
The email ended with a now-familiar phrase, “Be safe!”
I was reading an email from one of our suppliers to my company. Like numerous other companies, they had modified their daily operations and their employees were all working remotely. The email was sent to reassure its customers, including our laboratory, that there would be no interruptions in their services.
The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced many new phrases to our lexicon. Social distancing. Shelter in place. All are practical and serve an important purpose but I truly like this last phrase, “Be Safe!” It does not sound trite like, “Have a nice day!” or “Take it easy!”. It conveys a timely message that transcends the tragic events of the current crisis. We should always be wishing safety for everyone but true safety can only be achieved if we are completely protected from any danger or injury. While this may be an altruistic expression, I know there is only one way to ensure this will happen.
I like to add, “Be safe, in God’s care.” My desire for safety for everyone is sealed with God’s promise, but how can we trust Him?
God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?
Numbers 23:18 (NLT)
When we know this, we can trust God’s promise for our safety.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
Psalms 4:8 (ESV)
Be safe in God’s care.
There is no greater or nobler wish for everyone with whom I interact.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.