Friday, October 3, 2014

Our Source of Stability

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Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
    nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
    though ten thousand are dying around you,
    these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes,
    and see how the wicked are punished.
 
If you make the Lord your refuge,
    if you make the Most High your shelter,
no evil will conquer you;
    no plague will come near your home.
For he will order his angels
    to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you up with their hands
    so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
You will trample upon lions and cobras;
    you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
    I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life
    and give them my salvation.”
~ Psalm 91, NLT ~

It seems you can't look anywhere the past few days that people are not shaken by the first known case of the Ebola virus in the continental US.  Some are angry about how our government downplayed the possibility of someone in our country having the deadly disease.  Others are frustrated about how this was handled by the hospital, having initially sent the patient home from the ER with antibiotics.  

Whatever the reaction, the prevailing emotion seems to be one of fear...  Fear that it could affect someone we love...  Fear that nothing could stop it...  Fear that there would be no cure.

Meanwhile, in our home state of Wisconsin, 5 confirmed cases of the dangerous EV-D68 virus were just confirmed.  With 500 individuals nationwide contracting this serious respiratory virus, and 4 having lost their lives to it, the public is being warned by the CDC to follow proper hand-washing and avoid contact with anyone who is ill. 

This virus can be so problematic to families like my own, where asthma and respiratory vulnerability make this a more serious prospect for a child.

When we view life in the big-picture perspective of special needs, it seems like there is ALWAYS some sort of serious crisis to be keeping one eye on.  There are pharmaceutical recalls and drug shortages.  There can be the too-frequent ER visits that come when a diagnosis misbehaves or a reaction occurs.  For certain medically fragile kids, life can be like walking through a minefield.  

So when culture is off the rails with worry, seasoned parents like us can lead the way towards peace in the storm by pointing to our Source of stability.  Like Paul did in his letter to encourage the early Church in Rome, we need to remind others...

For I know that nothing can keep us from the love of God. Death cannot! Life cannot! Angels cannot! Leaders cannot! Any other power cannot! Hard things now or in the future cannot! The world above or the world below cannot! Any other living thing cannot keep us away from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39, NLV)

Today, I posted a reminder to my kids on the refrigerator of proper hygiene during flu season.  I got out the Thieves oil for them to rub on the soles of their feet daily.  And I cautioned my eldest, who works part-time as a grade school janitor to be wearing disposable gloves at work every day.

Aside from these wise steps, I seal my children in prayer and let God do what He does.  He is worthy of our trust. When the world is freaking out, we can most readily point people to Christ when we look different from them in a good way.  

Quietly trust yourself to Christ your Lord, and if anybody asks why you believe as you do, be ready to tell him, and do it in a gentle and respectful way. (1 Peter 3:15, TLB)
PRAY:  Lord, You are the One who numbers our days.  When epidemics spread and crises hit, be the Lifter of our heads.  Fix our focus on You in quiet trust and confidence.  Help us to offer Your boundless hope to a hurting world.  Seize us with Your glory rather than earthly fear.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for a reminder that what the media says is important is often not really the truth. When I saw the coverage all I could think was that thousands of people die from the flu every year, yet it doesn't even make the news. Ebola is so much more exciting and in today's culture run amok with zombie and end of the world stories people are primed to panic. It is too bad more people don't stop and think for themselves first. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. What a lovely and timely Psalm to share! I do grow weary at times thinking about all that is wrong in the world! Reading God's Word is a soothing balm and puts everything into perspective! Thanks for sharing this post at Living and Learning With Our New Normal. I hope to see again next week!

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