I read a story recently, one that struck me to the core. It's about a nice Christian family who has watched their beautiful life disintegrate around them. I thought about putting more of the details on here, or even linking this post over to their blog. But I wasn't sure if that would really help anything. At this moment they're still living through some horrendous times. I think what they need most right now is a prayer, prayer for a miracle. Perhaps you know the family I'm thinking about. I realize I've stayed pretty vague. If you don't, would you mind praying for them just the same?
I wish this life held promise that bad things wouldn't happen. But there is no such guarantee. This world we live in is a broken one, filled with tears, loneliness, sickness and death. As much as we don't want to dwell on such things, they do exist. After reading this family's story, I was filled with uncertainty and fear.
Because what happened to this family could happen to me. Life holds no guarantees. No guarantees except Jesus. He is the only one who doesn't change. His promise of life remains true yesterday, today and for all of our tomorrows.
While I may read things that unsettle me, the truth of the matter is that my salvation is secure. I know where I'll spend eternity. Any battle I, or anyone i care about on this earth, may face is only temporal in the grand scheme of things.
This was a lesson I learned while my husband was deployed. It was so easy to fall into fear. So easy to think about everything that could happen. So easy to dwell on what could be.
And so, I took action. I combated worry the only way I knew how, with the word of God. The following verse become my "deployment verse." I know I've shared it many times before on this blog. It truly helped me refocus my worries and what ifs, and instead focus on everything right and true.
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8, HCSB).
Truth. God is God. He created us all. He knows our yesterdays, todays and tomorrows and He will see us through each step of the way. Yes, bad things will happen. No, we'll never face them alone. He will hold our hand.
So Jesus, please protect the dear family I read about. Please work a miracle within their lives. And please give me the peace to get through whatever trails my tomorrows may bring.