Talking with the Contact Tracer

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (I Peter 3:15b)

Hello? …

Oh, hello, ___________. Yes, I tested positive for Covid two weeks ago. Yes, I was sick for a few days. It wasn’t fun, but to be honest, I’ve had colds that were much worse.

Well, I could tell you where I’ve been lately and what I’ve been doing, but it wouldn’t be very interesting. I will tell you, though…

I am going to die.

You‘re going to die, too.

Will we die today? Probably not. – But we might.

Will we die of Covid? Probably not. – But we might.

The question isn’t “Are we going to die?” – We are. The real question is, “Then what?

And then comes eternity. Eternity is a lot longer than this life, which is maybe 70 years, maybe 80, maybe 100 if we’re incredibly lucky.

The question isn’t so much “Where have I been?” but “Where am I going?

The important thing isn’t “Who have I been with and what have I been doing?” but “Who am I spending the next life with, and what will I be doing there?

There are only two places people spend eternity – in the presence of Jesus, or away from Him, alone forever. We can be worshiping the One who loved us enough to die for us and basking in His glory – or weeping and gnashing our teeth. I know I’m going to the first place, what about you?

… I suppose I am getting off the subject.

Yes, my husband and I followed the CDC guidelines. We stayed socially distanced, wore masks whenever required to, kept our hands clean, and avoided crowds. We’ve been home most of the time, in fact. And we got Covid anyway.

One thing I haven’t done, though, is be scared, and I think that has helped me stay healthy. Stress is arguably the worst drain on the immune system, don’t you think? Lately the fear the news has fed us night and day have many of us stressed out, possibly more than we have ever been before. We finally just turned it off, and I think that has had a lot to do with our speedy recovery.

But here’s my main source of peace: I don’t believe I’m leaving this world one moment before God is ready to call me home, and when He does, I’m not going to hang around here one moment longer than I have to! That pretty much eliminates most fear-based stress, so I’ve been sleeping remarkably well. – And adequate sleep is crucial for a healthy immune system, too, don’t you think?

Yes, I’ve stayed quarantined since my diagnosis. Spending extra time with Jesus, and it’s been so sweet. Do you know Him? [pause] Would you like to know Him? He wants you to. He loves you!

Do you have a Bible? I’d be happy to give you one. (I believe you have my address.) I could leave you one on our porch. – Don’t worry, I won’t even open my door.

… You do have a Bible? Great! I have a suggestion: Tonight look up the third chapter of the gospel of John – That’s John Chapter 3 – and read it carefully. (Or you can Google “John 3” and read it on line.) It will tell you what to do to be saved. Then you can be sure when your time comes – whether that’s today or in fifty years – you’ll be spending the rest of eternity in a good place. And I hope I see you there.

It was nice meeting you, ___________. – Don’t forget, John 3.

Thanks for calling.

Prayer: Lord, I pray for ___________ (You know her name.). I pray that she remembers what You said through me, and that she’ll forget anything that may have come just from me. I pray that You will lead her to read John 3, or any other passage You lead her to, and open her eyes to the truth of the gospel. Invade her mind with the thoughts that will lead her to surrendering her life to You – so that You can give her eternal life! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

33 thoughts on “Talking with the Contact Tracer

  1. This is a source of peace as you mentioned: “I don’t believe I’m leaving this world one moment before God is ready to call me home, and when He does, I’m not going to hang around here one moment longer than I have to!”

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  2. Amen! Love this and pray for hearts to be drawn to Him through it! I am reminded of Romans 8:38-39. “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” With that truth, what have we to fear? Thank you and blessings!

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  3. May you get well soon and continue to strengthen your faith. True, fear and stress is the source of many diseases and contributes greatly to poor immune. And accepting that we are here temporarily, as visitors on a journey that will soon end sets us free and alllows us to live a fulfilled life in Christ

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  4. Probably not word for word, but yes, I was ready for her call. I got earlier calls, when I was NOT ready, but they couldn’t reach me, and one caller couldn’t HEAR me when I did answer. (!) So I kept getting “prayed up,” figuring God would arrange for a connection when the time was right and I was talking to the person He wanted me to talk to. πŸ˜‰

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  5. Great post!! Thankful you’re feeling well!! And for your reliance on the Great Physician…my faith and hope are in Him as well so I know where I’m going when I’m called to my eternal home. I trust God has that timing perfectly planned😊

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  6. Excellent post Annie. Devoid of malice and anger, which by the way, I am so very tired of. I can surmise that you would be comfortable talking to just about anyone and I loved the tone. I am mindful of how Jesus interacted with the Samaritan woman at the well. He could have focused on the Samaritans historical wrong choices but He only touched lightly on that and instead focused on her particular need and who He was. Well done! Blessings!

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  7. If by “this” you mean Covid, please don’t feel bad for me. It wasn’t nearly as bad as the “colds” I used to get about once a month when I was younger. I felt it was “SO UNFAIR!” that my friends were doing whatever they wanted and not getting sick, but I set out to learn all I could about the immune system, and have been a veritable health nut for decades now – diet, exercise, supplements, lots of water, and no sugar, smoking, alcohol, junk food, etc. I really believe our lifestyle helped us bounce back. (My husband did better than I did.) Most importantly, I pray Romans 12:1 every morning (offering my body to God as a “living sacrifice” so my body really belongs to Him. (And He takes good care of His stuff. πŸ˜‰) Now we have immunity for a while, and I’m on a long- overdue visit with my sister in Arizona. So it’s all good. (I do wish the CDC would say more about maintaining a healthy immune system, instead of just hiding from viruses that, frankly, are everywhere.)

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  8. I love this, Annie! Glory to God for your testimony of your faith in Jesus Christ and for taking that opportunity God provided to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. You turned an uncomfortable situation into something that was used for the glory of God and for the salvation of a human life. What a wonderful example to all the rest of us of how we should all respond in such situations as these we now find ourselves in, which are not by our own choosing. God bless you for your faithfulness. This encouraged me greatly!

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