What is God saying through Coronavirus vi?

Recently, I have shared some thoughts on what, I have learnt, about God, through coronavirus. My hope is, they may spark some discussions as you explore this important issue.

Here is my latest reflection.

I have friends who have amazing artistic abilities.  As we faced Easter under lockdown, one friend, David Senior, sent me a card with one of his paintings;

(Resurrection 2020 – Used with permission of the artist)

In February, David was inspired by the image of a green shoot from a bushfire ravaged tree. In speaking with him, I discovered that he was really moved by the bushfires in Australia and the verses in the Bible in which Jesus talks about the vine and the branches, you can read it in John 15.

As I looked at the picture, and read John 15, I wrote a blog. 

Following extensive editing, I prepared to hit the publish button but, for some reason I cannot explain, I did not.  I decided to hold fire for 24 hours and just see if I had understood.

I spent some time gazing at the painting.  There is nothing new in that, I have returned to the picture many times over the recent weeks. It speaks to me of hope, which has felt in short supply, in the face of coronavirus. Amongst my favourite Bible verses can be found in the Book of Job, which says;

“At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.

Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.

(Job 14 vs. 7 – 9)


It was the phrase, “at the scent of water” that caught my eye.  Of course, the writer is using poetic language to express himself here.  Plants cannot smell.  But, there is something here we need to grasp;

We must learn to scent water

Too often, as Christians, in our desire to help, in our desire to be useful and relevant we have grasped every opportunity that comes our way.  As a result, we have exhausted ourselves.  Once physical exhaustion takes root, spiritual exhaustion follows soon after.  There is a poem (I know not the source) that runs

Mary had a little lamb

She also had a sheep

They joined the local Baptist Church

And died through lack of sleep

I am also reminded of something David Watson used to say;

Not every need, necessarily, represents a calling

I am going to be controversial here. 

We needed lockdown. 

We needed to stop. 

Too many of us have been so busy we are in danger of dying through lack of sleep!

There are plenty of rumors circulating, at the moment, that lockdown is about to be eased.  I want to say, I do not want to go back to everything as it was.  But, if that is to become a reality for us

We must learn to scent water

This is what Jesus said;

but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

(John 4 vs. 14)

3 thoughts on “What is God saying through Coronavirus vi?

  1. Wow Sean, Thank you for adding biblical text to my picture . “scent of water” is a very evocative phrase and I shall take those words and reflect on them . Thank you wise, spiritual friend and pastor.

  2. Sean, your words echo much of my own thoughts in recent weeks. Whilst many have not been able to ‘rest’ during lockdown, a great many of us have. Crucially, for me, is that our Earth has had a rest. She has had a rest from us, and our incessant activity.
    I’ve been pointed back to your blog by our mutual friend Jean. I am so grateful to her and am refreshed by your reflections. Thank you.

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