Sin was never God’s plan therefore the result of sin, sickness and death, was the curse of not following God’s plan – Enter Jesus, God’s plan to deal with sin, to deal with man’s choice not to go with God’s plan in the Garden and remain sinless.
We in our sinfulness choose every plan but God’s plan and yet God being all knowing introduces a new way to present His plan that is just as perfectly designed as the way He did it in the past. He works the current events and the sinfulness of man into the way He is presenting Himself today, has presented Himself in the past and will present Himself in the future. He allows mankind to choose then takes those choices and introduces His plan as a way to choose differently.
Is this pandemic God’s plan or is it Him using this pandemic, something He allows to happen because of the sinfulness of mankind, to introduce His perfect plan of redemption and restored relationship with Him which has been and always will be His plan? In other words He offers us a return to the garden if you will.
I believe we need to be careful. We need to make sure that we assign only good to God and therefore to His plan. The rest, what is not good, is not as much His plan but rather His choice to use in His plan – it may be splitting hairs but how we look at this will determine the character traits that we assign God.
Does God do evil to create good or does God use the evil that exists to reveal good? This is a question biblical scholars who have more smarts in their baby toe than I will have throughout my entire lifetime will struggle to understand. Someday we will fully know but I feel safe in saying God can only do what is good!