Scary Times

            It’s difficult to write this with everything that’s going on in our world. We may think Afghanistan is a long way from here, so it doesn’t affect me, but it does. My own son-in-law just got back from a six-month job in Afghanistan in June. That’s too close for comfort. We see pictures of families, parents, and their children in such turmoil! It saddens me to think of any child in any situation other than being happy and carefree but it’s going on in our world now.

            It’s difficult to write this with all the sickness our world has been going through the past almost two years with Covid and continuing still today. I have friends, family members, and their families going through Covid and the effects from it. It saddens me to think of them hurting and even losing their loved ones. This is also too close for comfort.

            These are scary times. But they are not the first scary times. This has been going on since the beginning of our world and they will continue, in some form or another. But we have examples of how to withstand them. We have knowledge of how people went through hard, scary, times before us. And we have a promise of perseverance.

            Our promise began in the beginning. Remember Noah? Remember all he went through building and supplying the ark? And remember he filled it the way God commanded? Then remember the flood and the reason God sent it. The world was full of evil then just like now.

            But remember Genesis 8:1, “But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided.”

            As I hear, see, and go through all these horrific events that sadden me, the events our world is witnessing, I choose to remain faithful, like Noah, and like others as in Hebrews 11. I know God will remember me and those who choose to be faithful to Him also. I will pray for all those hurting and for the rest. I will be reassured in His everlasting promises. And I will live in hope from Him.

            1 Peter 3:14-15, “But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”

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