It’s nearly 2 a.m. Friday morning as I write this. I’m babysitting at my son’s house because he took his wife to the ER a couple of hours ago. Poor thing – she’s as sick as she’s ever been with a high fever, body aches, and chills.
I must admit that I’m trying hard not to entertain nervous thoughts about the H1N1 virus. You see, this week the media announced that British Columbia is Canada’s hotspot for the bug. Frankly, I’ve not paid too much attention to the hype until now, chalking it up to the media’s penchant for causing panic. But as my daughter-in-law’s condition has worsened over the past three days, I’m having second thoughts. I’m also being forced to practice what I preach!
Psalm 91:4 is a good place to start with its reassurance that God’s promises are my armor and protection. When worrisome thoughts threaten to gallop away with my emotions, I can put the brakes on by calling to mind words about God’s sovereignty. I can recall promises of His goodness, of His power, and of His love. Best of all, I can focus on promises of His faithfulness – it begins afresh every day, says Lamentations 3:23. Imagine that! Each morning dawns with a fresh tank filled to the brim with God’s faithfulness. No matter what the day holds, the supply will be more than adequate to see me through.
I don’t know when my son and daughter-in-law will return from the ER, but I’m hoping it’s before their baby son wakes up to nurse. I don’t know how I’ll manage to get through tomorrow – I have to board a plane at 8:45 a.m. and head to Alberta to speak at a women’s conference that begins on Friday evening. And I don’t know how my kids will manage with two small children to care for when they’re exhausted from illness and spending most of the night at the hospital. Honestly, at this time of the day I don’t know much of anything even at the best of times. But this one thing I do know – God will see my kids through their situation, and He’ll meet me at my point of need, too.
Now it’s your turn. How has God’s Word proven to be your armor and protection when fearful thoughts have filled your mind?