COVID-19, and My Life with Job, the Patriarch

Dear Hillsdale and Heart of a Shepherd Readers,

Some of you are aware that my wife and I faced our bout with COVID-19 in January 2021, and have been away for a month. We left for vacation on the New Year; however, our lives took on a trial that mirrored this year’s Bible reading schedule.

On January 1, 2021, I began a new two-year chronological study of the Scriptures in my daily devotional commentary series that I post on After completing a brief study of Genesis 1-11, the new reading schedule took me to the Book of Job, and a 42-chapter study of that man of God and his afflictions.

I did not know that the study of Job’s life would coincide with mine, and my wife’s affliction with COVID-19. I soon found myself living the reality of a frightening turn of events. While my battle with COVID was only five days with a high fever, and fatigue; my beautiful wife’s battle became a two-week long struggle that eventually put her in the hospital with bilateral pneumonia.

I praise the LORD that He spared us both from tragedy, and Sheilah was able to come home from the hospital. We returned to Tampa on Monday, February 1, and we are slowly getting back into our daily schedule.

To our church family and others who were aware of our trials, and prayed, thank you. We are grateful for your care, and concern for us. My wife was especially encouraged by the flowers, cards, and texts that were sent at a time she could not respond.

I invite you to join me this Sunday for public worship (10:30 AM) or by the internet at I am prayerfully preparing a message for this Sunday that I may title, “COVID-19, and My Life with Job, the Patriarch.” Though ill, and very concerned for my wife, my study in the Book of Job was timely as I identified with him, and was reminded of God’s providences and loving care of His people.

In the words of Job, 5I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: But now mine eye seeth thee” (Job 42:5)

With the heart of a shepherd,

Pastor Travis D. Smith