It’s a scary time for everyone.
As we learn more about the coronavirus and its effects, it’s easy to adopt an attitude of fear.
But one little girl has an important reminder for those of us who know God.
See how her response brought God’s peace to her family.
Cameron Brundidge is only six years old, but she already knows about the difference between faith and fear.
So when her seven-year-old brother, Brandon, became fearful and anxious after watching the frantic news updates about COVID-19, Cameron knew just what to do.
Sheletta Brundidge, the children’s mother, said, “My son Brandon has crippling anxiety because of his autism diagnosis. We watch the news every day and he was watching it and was taking in all the fear and panic.”
“It just made him so scared,” Sheletta added.
But Brandon’s little sister didn’t want to see him suffer from fear any longer. So she grabbed his hand and told him to listen to what she was about to say.
“But God did not give me a spirit of fear, but power, love, and a sound mind,” the six-year-old Cameron told her brother, quoting 2 Timothy 1:7.
Brandon repeated it after her, phrase by phrase, and the two reminded each other — and their family — that God is in control of everything, including the coronavirus.
When the siblings finished saying the Scripture and hugged each other, the entire family exclaimed, “Amen!”
Sheletta realized that her daughter had learned the verse at church and had held on to it for hope in these trying times. Cameron may be young, but she is already devoted to her faith, regularly praying for those around her and storing up God’s Word in her heart.
Cameron’s Bible verse reminded the whole family that trusting God is the most important thing to do in this pandemic.
“Just from the mouth of a child to another child, it transformed the way I looked at it,” admitted Sheletta, who was blown away by her daughter’s act of faith.
“While the world is stocking up on toilet paper and mayonnaise, jars of pickles and bottled water, she realized — at six years old — that it was only… faith that was going to get [us] through this.”
“I’m so proud of her,” she added. “She didn’t just tell [her brother] to believe in God, but she gave him a Scripture, and not only that but the right one.”
“We are a family of faith. We…believe in Jesus and we’re not afraid to say it. She has autism, too, and for her to remember that — that was just amazing and a blessing to me.”
Cameron has inspired not only her brother but her entire family to keep trusting Jesus. Her act of kindness reminded Sheletta, who is a comedian, of the joy that can be found in Christ, even in difficult situations like this.
Sheletta’s favorite verse, which she often repeats to herself, is Nehemiah 8:10: “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”
As a family, the Brundidges are trying to take Cameron’s verse to heart by rejoicing through the trials of quarantine and coronavirus.
“We choose to laugh,” Sheletta said. “We choose to be happy, and laughter and joy has gotten us through a lot of dark days before, so we spread that.”
She encourages other believers to learn from her daughter’s example, just as she did.
“We don’t have to be afraid of this. There’s been worse,” she added. “We just have to rely on our faith, take the precautions we need to take, and continue to live our lives.”
“Stop letting your fear of coronavirus be bigger than your faith in God. Plead the blood, pray, and wash your hands. Amen!”
It seems that the global crisis will continue to grow over the next several weeks and months, but we who know God’s power should not fear whatever comes. As those around us sink into fear, we should offer them the lifeline of hope that God has given us.
2 Timothy 1:7 is indeed a timely reminder of where our faith should lie. As Christians, let’s encourage each other to not have “a spirit of fear, but power, love, and a sound mind.”
Thank you for reminding us of this truth, Cameron!