On Friday May 13, Singaporeans were told of the first case of Zika virus.
It was neither surprising nor strange that the virus has come. Singapore is an international port of entry with frequent travelers going to and coming from Zika-hit countries.
What is crucial is not the fact that Zika has come but whether we are Zika-ready.
The authorities acted swiftly to contain any possible spread of this virus, which has been known to cause fetal brain deformities amongst the newborn children of infected pregnant women.
The patient who was tested positive for Zika virus was isolated to minimize the chances of being bitten by mosquitoes and spreading the infection in the community. He was transferred to the Communicable Diseases Centre for treatment. His family members were screened. And the National Environment Agency (NEA) intensified vector control operations to control the Aedes mosquito population in the area where the patient lived.
I pray Singapore will continue to be vigilant and Zika-ready.
The apostle Peter has called us to be trial-ready. He said:
”Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you” (I Peter 4:12).
We are told to be prepared for the “fiery trial” that might come upon us unannounced.
Are we trial-ready?
No one is more trial-ready than Job.
He was ready for loss of material possessions.
When his riches were taken away, “Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped” (Job 1:20). His faith was not shaken by the loss of wealth and material possessions.
He was ready for great sorrow.
His sons and daughters died suddenly in a calamity. Though in great grief and sorrow yet Job said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).
He was ready for unimaginable sickness.
His entire body was smitten with boils from the sole of his feet to the crown of his head. Adding to his physical pain, Job did not find encouraging words from his wife who said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9). But Job said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10).
Job is trial-ready. The scriptures say, “In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong” (Job 1:22).
Loss of wealth, great sorrow, emotional pain and unimaginable illness – these fiery trials might come.
The question is, “Are you Trial-Ready?”