AUGUST- BE AWARE OF EBOLA (but there are other things too, please read on)
A in August stands for AWARENESS OF EBOLA Virus Disease.
In light of the heart breaking news that the doctor who treated the first ebola victim in Lagos recently has tested positive for the Ebola virus, I feel it necessary to say A in August is for “Awareness”. We all need to become aware of the true facts about the virus. This is not a time to hide our heads under the carpet. Please read my thoughts and recent facts here.
Education is an Antidote to Fear: We were fortunate to host Dr. Ayoade Alakija, a Fiji based former United Nations Consultant and public health/tropical disease specialist at our office Fine and Country last Friday August 1st to help educate and dispel the fear of the Ebola news. Our team ranging from the security, drivers to the executives benefited from the education and had an opportunity to ask questions and get clarity. As Dr. Alakija said, we should be concerned, take precautions but not become afraid. I’m glad she was able to share a few of these precautionary facts at This Present House last Sunday. I wish more communities could get access to more information in an environment that empowers rather than creates panic.
Get more details here on the facts and myths.
It is now public knowledge that the doctor who treated the first case of Ebola in Lagos a week ago has tested positive. As can be imagined, this is giving many people cause for concern and rightfully so. There have been suggestions about closing our land and air borders especially to other West African countries at least for a while.
While these precautions are welcome, it is important to remember that one of the best antidotes for fear is knowledge and an understanding of the facts rather than allowing myths and inaccurate assumptions to cause us to lose our senses. Fear is a terrible foe, and what with planes going missing, or dropping out of have sky, bombings, wars and rumours of war all around the globe, many can be forgiven for giving up. This however is not the time to allow fear take a hold of your mind. We are promised a sound mind and clarity of thought. We are to understand that although things do look terrible, fear will only make it worse. I’m reminded of the two women going to check out the grave of their Master, and their constant fretting as they approached- ‘who will move the stone from the grave’ they kept asking, only to get to the grave and see that the stone had been rolled away and their Master was gone. Can you imagine the level of stress they put themselves through unnecessarily?
Let us learn to be anxious for nothing, but in this season by prayer and petition make our request for safety known. Understand that ultimately, whether Ebola, war, bombs or air crashes, none is guaranteed life or safety. Only in God.
Finally, I am comforted by the this excerpt from the Message translation of the greatest book ever written, which reads in Psalm 91:
God, you’re my refuge.
I trust in you and I’m safe!”
That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
under them you’re perfectly safe;
his arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
drop like flies right and left,
no harm will even graze you.
As we arm ourselves with knowledge, please remember to take safety in the only true source of safety.
Peace unto us all in these trying days. May you and your family be protected.