Since the death of George Floyd in Minnesota the world has taken another turn. Police officers around the country are between a thin line of trust with citizens. During the recent protests around the country, including Washington, DC where I serve as a police officer in the Rapid Respond Unit, I saw things that were very unpleasant, however with orders and commands we had to execute our duties. I was asked by family members and friends, “How you do it?” My answer to many is FAITH and just believing in God, applying my conscience, work ethic and training. Faith is key in every aspect, be it a Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, etc. We wake up each day looking at the bright light of the rising sunshine and say “YES, thank you LORD.” It is not just ourselves, it is a supreme being at work, and it is by faith we are able to utter those words or phrases. As stated earlier, since the death of George Floyd, my faith and work have been tested in so many ways. I had my work schedules shifted rapidly, with extremely long hours, because of the ongoing situation in the country regarding racial inequality and police treatment towards certain racial groups in America.
On July 12th when I reported to work that afternoon, few of my colleagues and I were told that one of our officers was showing symptoms of COVID-19. We were separated from the rest of the other officers and told to go home and quarantine. On July 13th I couldn’t wake from my bed. I was sweating, high fever up to 103 degrees, extreme body pain, headache, diarrhea, chills, everything was just very extreme. I’ve never experienced anything of this kind. I instantly felt and told my wife, I think I have the virus. I was in close contact with my colleague who later that Sunday before we were sent home had tested positive for COVID-19. Annette said, “Trust God; you do not have COVID-19.” I was like, “Okay, I know how I feel, and this is not just about faith, it is about the reality of life, the science is real, COVID-19 is real.” I was in isolation and started taking lots of home remedies.
I called my isolation room my cell block (laugh). I was very sick and many days and nights I thought that was it, but I kept the faith knowing that I’ve survived a war in Liberia, made it to America, served as a police officer in one of the best and also one of the busiest cities in America. I was not ready to give up on life and my faith played a very important role. I am blessed. I received my test results 5 days later and it was positive. I knew I had COVID-19 but I was broken. I have read many other stories of how COVID-19 treats people differently, which was my fear, but I also had faith. However, faith comes with work and believing, so I had to trust and go with the power staying strong and keeping faith alive.
I started to feel a little better but went downhill after a week. I went to the ER where I was admitted. I was not put on a ventilator but given some medicines, some breathing assistance and airways machine and kept for few days for monitoring.
With all that is going on in the world, especially in America, faith is important. Faith comes with one’s own belief and how we hold on to faith is to be left up to us. My faith is helping me through my ongoing recovery but sometimes I wonder about the other people that died. I cannot question others on their faith, but only pray that their souls rest in peace.
As I am going through a full recovery from Covid-19, I thank God for his many blessings and countless love towards me and my wife Annette who dearly took care of me during these times, my family, friends, work colleagues, my St. David’s family and many others including Sister Maureen Carey who reached to me with prayers and hope and trusting God. She also shared her experience with me regarding son who had Covid-19.
It is my prayers that we see the reality of COVID-19 and many other world problems as real. I was very close to death however God got me here for a reason and I plan to keep of going with having faith in our almighty father. We should trust God but also take actions that good see fit to do God’s will and not stay under the disguise of being a Christian and don’t act against wrong. God give us the knowledge, wisdom and understanding of love to keep his work going to all corners of the earth through faith but we need to see that speaking the truth that also comes faith and God’s love to protect us will only be granted if the truth from our hearts are real in what we believe in and do for the betterment of mankind. Have faith but also use his wisdom which is teachable us all his children.