I live in Texas. Those of us who are proud to call Texas home are often passionate about living here. Today, though, we are in shock that such a travesty as Ebola could invade our precious "promised-land." And yes, we are scared. We are mommies and daddies who are fearful this plague will threaten our families. We are Christians afraid for those two young women who are sick. We are Americans fearful of how widespread this epidemic will be.
Personally, what I want more than anything today is for someone to tell me that it's all going to be okay, but no one can tell me Ebola will not spread. We just don't know what the coming days and weeks and months will yield.
But what I hear in my heart is a reminder that whether I live or die, whether those I cherish are sick or healthy, whether this disease is stopped in its tracks or invades us from sea to shining sea, it's all going to be okay in the end if we stay close to God now.
So here are five things I am doing to combat my fear and take comfort in the peace of God.
- Repeat "Jesus, I trust in You" over and over, whenever my worry threatens to derail me.
- Go to Confession much more frequently. And make sure my family goes, too.
- Hug and enjoy my children. I am going to keep seeking to live an abundant life.
- Stock up on some essentials. If there is going to be mass panic, I would prefer to stay home.
- Boost my prayer life. Time spent in building a relationship with my Savior will ultimately lead to my sanctification.
Lord, please bless and protect Nina, Amber, all those caring for them, and those who have had recent contact with them. Send your healing power upon their souls and their bodies, so they might give you honor and glory today and always.
Bless Your Heart!