Perspective on Ebola


My son asked me this morning, “Has Ebola gotten to Arizona yet?” followed by “What if I die from Ebola?”

Statistically, it’s not particularly likely, but it is very hard not to worry when it’s all over the news. You can’t turn on the radio without hearing about it. Spreading across Europe, one patient in the U.S. dead, two nurses confirmed to have contracted it, contradicting reports on how it’s spread and whether or not it’s safer to restrict flights in and out of infected countries, and so on.

Those who are politically minded are spouting conspiracy theories while those who are prophetically minded are claiming the fulfillment of Revelation. There may or may not be some truth to both of those extremes, but the bottom line is that people are scared. This is new in this country, and new is always frightening. Here in Arizona in past years we’ve had to deal with the West Nile virus, and all over the country people are contracting the Enterovirus, but those diseases, while far more wide-spread than Ebola at this point, are not getting near the news coverage, because Ebola is new and different and people have died, and it’s scary.

But fear should not be ruling us. Despite the statistical improbability of actually contracting Ebola, we are not given a spirit of fear, but of power. Ultimately, our lives are in God’s hands. Whether or not there’s an outbreak of Ebola in the US, whether or not we get hit by a truck when we go out to get the mail, our lives and our destinies are in God’s hands. There is nothing that happens to us that He doesn’t know about.  There is no disease that is more powerful than He is.

So while this may be a plague of apocalyptic proportions, it may also be just another disease in a long line of diseases that infect a fallen world, and either way, our futures are in God’s hands, and we should not, therefore, live in fear.

About Avily Jerome

Avily Jerome is a writer and the editor of Havok Magazine. Her short stories have been published in various magazines, both print and digital. She has judged several writing contests and is a writing conference teacher and presenter. She writes speculative fiction, her ideas ranging from almost-real-world action/adventures to epic fantasies to supernatural thrillers.

5 comments on “Perspective on Ebola

  1. Just having a similar conversation with my daughter. Thanks for a timely reminder.

  2. This world is obviously growing darker. Scripture supports the teasons why. Despite all that, with all I did endure growing up, I never had to ask the scary questions about the many “end time,” events childten today are asking. It us understandable why teen suicides are growing along with one in ten childten having a major anxiety disorder. The world feels scary even knowing why and that this is Satan’s world and God ‘a wrath is yet coming upon us. I don’t feel Ebola will go away. The “Sermon on the Mount,” tells us all that will come upon the world and to the intensity it will. Wars, disease epidemics, pestilence, famine, and so much more including national
    Economic collapse and captivity, is scary, especially as people, childten see and hear all this disaster pus news. It seems to cause more risky behaviors. Even knowing that our lives are in God ‘s hands, for good or ill, doesn’t give someone pause to think that we will never be affected by the sins of mankind crashing upon the world. Can’t live I’m fear. Can’t live without faith. But it doesn’t guarantee
    we won’t have our share of trials. Feel for those who neither have faith or God in their lives. It was said tonight on MSNBC that unless they stop Ebola from leaving Africa and contain it, it is estimated that potentially 1.2 million people will be exposed or contract Ebola. I suspect all the diseases out there will plague the world and will take many victims over next few years. So I strive to “watch, pray, and seek The Lord while He might be found .”

  3. (Revelation 6:8 RSV) And I saw, and behold, a pale horse, and its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him; and they were given power over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.

    Ebola, or any other one plague hitting the world right now, is no fulfillment of Revelation. We are speaking of a series of events – false religion, war, famine, and pestilence – which will cause a breakdown in society which most of us in the West can’t remotely imagine (yet). In a way we should be thankful that we have men in white coats saying “everything is under control”. I doubt if they’re able to say that in local regions such as Syria, for example. In Africa where Ebola is spreading, it’s hard enough to keep control in *normal times.

    1.2 million people exposed to Ebola would be bad enough, and no one of us in our right mind would want to be one of them, but it wouldn’t be a fourth of the earth.

    It does say something that some people are so prone to lose perspective in the face of (relatively minor) calamities and claim them as ultimate end-time fulfillments. It is more like the fulfillment of certain other prophecies concerning the “sudden terror” that would come upon people long before the *really bad stuff starts coming down the pike.

  4. Fear not!!! God is still on the throne and in total control.

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