When this crisis has you really afraid.

Honestly, I have been afraid lately. I admit, even as a Christian, that I am afraid at times because of this pandemic. I am human. It’s my personal opinion that anyone who suggests otherwise is out of touch with their feelings. I’m not worried about myself. I’m totally at peace about my eternal future. It’s for the safety and health of everyone else I care about that I afraid.

Yet, while I know my eternity is sealed, I often look down the path and fail to see Jesus in the road. I just see fog.

In our present crisis, that is certainly true. How is this all going to turn out? Will someone in my family get sick? The fog of uncertainty is very thick some days.

What if my husband and I are separated and one of us ends up in the hospital? I can’t even imagine how awful it would be to be separated like that and not be able to visit and yet there are many who have already been there and more who will be.

And to be called and told your loved one has died without you being with them, and over the phone? Fear could overwhelm me if I dwell on it so I don’t.

I love what Oswald Chambers wrote: “Faith is not intelligent understanding, faith is a deliberate commitment to a Person where I see no way.”

Before we get through this crisis, we will all experience those moments when we are truly afraid. There will very likely come a time when we hear of someone we even only remotely know who has died and it will be all too real.

If we depend on our intelligence to figure everything out, we will be shortchanged because none of us is God. None of us has created a world, human beings, the universe….. I love the last few chapters of Job when God calls up Job short by reminding him of who he is talking to.

So today I ask that if you are fearful, will you picture God walking ahead of you, preparing the way for whatever happens?

Can you trust with your heart what your mind can’t grasp?

That’s what faith is.

Finally, please, if you need prayer, a word of encouragement, an idea to occupy your time, please contact me at I mean that. I will respond and offer what help I can. I will pray. I only need your first name.

God bless and stay safe.

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I had learned already many of the Outland methods of communicating by forest notes rather than trust to the betraying, high-pitched human voice.

None of these was of more use to me than the call for refuge. If any Outlier wished to be private in his place, he raised that call, which all who were within hearing answered.

Then whoever was on his way from that placed hurried, and whoever was coming toward it stayed where he was until he had permission to move on.