I wish I had seen this FB post before I launched my latest “Is anyone Else Dizzy” blog a couple of days ago. This man – I can’t find out who he is – gives us a perfect follow-up to what I said (my post is below this one). Soak it up, my friends.
It’s been ten days since the 2020 election. The President, 35 Senators, and all 435 Congressmen/women were up for reelection or defeat. All but two of the Congressional elections have been decided, but the most important race, the one for the White House, has not because at least five states and their electoral votes are in limbo due to mandated recounts.
In addition, Covid numbers are rising again, resulting in more lockdowns being announced in heavily hit states. I just noticed in my area of Virginia that our Golden Corral buffet has closed for good. The sign has been taken down, and my reaction was simply sadness. This restaurant is just one example of the cost this year has brought to businesses and individuals. 2020 has been disastrous in terms of the loss of life to this virus, as well as the loss of our way of life. We have had to learn and adjust to the “new normal” rather quickly.
When our equilibrium is hit personally or professionally, we are affected. The title of this post reflects my concern, because some days I just want to rest because I don’t feel steady any more. The things I took for granted – family time, school events with the grandchildren, travel, even church worship – have all changed. And it happened so quickly!
Something else is predicted by the Bible to happen even quicker. The Lord will call His people home “in the twinkling of an eye.” This is as fast as one blink, something we do 10,000 to 20,000 times a day. Are you familiar with these words: “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” I Corinthians 15:51-52 “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” I Thessalonians 4:16-17
These words help me regain my strength; my equilibrium. There’s no reason to feel dizzy when I remind myself that nothing that has happened this year took God by surprise, and that He’s coming to get me when the time is right. Do you have that assurance? You can by trusting Jesus as your Saviour.
Remnant – a small remaining quantity of something.
Oftentimes we read in the Bible how God withheld judgment for awhile because of a few righteous people who honored His name and ways. For example, Jonah was sent to Nineveh to warn the people there to repent from their evil ways or be destroyed by a Holy God. When the people listened, then fasted and repented, our compassionate God chose to forgive them. That generation was saved – maybe we could call them a righteous remnant.
I would like to encourage people reading this blog who believe in the power of prayer, to lift up this nation to God and pray for repentance for our country. A righteous remnant today could make a difference in the timing of God’s judgment on the United States. As Ruth Bell Graham said, “If God doesn’t judge America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Judgment will come for the evil that has been allowed to become “normal” in our lifetime. I will pray and trust the timing to Him who loves me and sent His Son to save me. Meanwhile I will try to follow the wisdom of the Unity Prayer I have shared below. Please join me and become part of that remnant praying for America. God bless.
“God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right
if I surrender to Your will;
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next.”
One of my daily devotions comes from the Upper Room online site (upperroom.org/devotionals). It provides scripture and an accompanying story, written by ordinary people who wish to share their thoughts. One of my favorite aspects of this UR format is the comment section where people from all over the world reply to the ideas presented and share prayer requests.
Today I commented on the devotion based on Mark 4:35-41. This is the account of Jesus’ response to a storm on the Sea of Galilee that was threatening to sink the boat He and the disciples were using to cross to the other side. I hope my words on this website and the UR’s remind many that we are in good hands. God bless.
“This was an appropriate scripture this morning as many of us are praying for the Gulf Coast, as it is under the threat of yet another hurricane.
I noticed a phrase in the scripture (I checked KJV too) that I’d never really seen before: “They left the crowd and took Him in the boat just as He was.”
Was Jesus exhausted or sick? He fell asleep in the boat.
In His humanity, the One who created everything needed some rest. He has to understand our fleshly weaknesses. He cares and He still can calm the storms in our lives.
Prayers for those who need His personal touch today.”
My husband and I spent a week recently driving northeast to meet family members for a camping trip to New England sites. Our final destination was a remote campground (with full hookups!) in New Hampshire. Once we were set up, I plopped myself down in my camp chair and paused to take in my surroundings. The ground was covered with a soft pine straw and a gentle breeze moved the tall trees around me, giving off a slightly sweet fragrance. It was absolutely quiet until a bird cawed somewhere in the distance. I became totally relaxed in the beauty and privacy of God’s creation.
In this season of troubles, from illness to fires, storms, and turmoil, I realized that if I look carefully, I can experience the blessings of my Heavenly Father. They are still there, every day – “Thank you, Lord.”