“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)
Thursday, April 2, 2020
SO HOW ARE YOU DOING?
We have been doing well, but there is a serious side to this whole thing and it would be lying to say there wasn't concern! Of course there is!
I have had so many thoughts going through my mind since this whole thing started, but I always land at the place where I put my faith and trust.
The unemployment rate right now is staggering and I feel sad watching one person after another lose their jobs, some temporarily, some permanently. Many have families to support and are sole supporters!
I am concerned for the future of the country, and the financial burden that will land on our children and grand children long after we are gone.
I am concerned for those who are shut in by themselves without family around to talk to. I know a few people in this situation and it is heartbreaking that they are literally in solitary confinement.
We have been fortunate not to know anybody personally who is sick, but I imagine that will change.
We know people who know people.
And then, there are the normal tragedies of life that are ongoing and complicating life. One such is a family who was a regular blog reader that was in a car accident a few days ago. They have a child in the hospital in very critical condition and my heart is broken for all they have been through.
I see my grand children out of school, my sons working from home, but uncertain of what is to come next. We have several people who are at high risk for this virus including sons, grand children and children as well as Mike and myself.
This is a time to ask one's self, "Is your house in order?" "Are you prepared for illness or death?"
We MUST live our lives everyday without regret and looking in light of eternity.
This virus is no surprise to God, nor have the viruses that came before this one over time.
I have hope and confidence that no matter what happens, we are in the hands of a tender and loving heavenly father. He gives and He takes away. He is mighty in wisdom and His ways are not my ways. I cannot pretend to fully grasp His ways. Though I would love to. :)
So, instead, I will put my trust in the ONE who knows all things and rest that He knows my days, He knows my future and He holds my hand.