Take Heart

“Good morning Grandma” says the little voice on the screen.  I can see he is shirtless yet again, but his smile just makes my day!

My new routine is to use Face Time to start and end my day with my grandchildren. I talk with them, ask them about their day or their plans for the day.  I can see them often playing with cars, looking at a book, or fighting (yes, fighting) with each other.  Yesterday I tried to solve a fight amongst brothers via Face Time.

I wasn’t very successful, mostly due to a 2 year olds “no”.

These little ones know that something is different in our world right now.  The oldest no longer attends school at school. There are no more swim classes, library times, or visits to grandma’s house.

But for the most part, they are sheltered from what is truly happening in our world right now.

“In this world, you will have trouble, but take heart!

I have overcome the world”    

John 16:33

“One of the most terrible threats is the sudden chilling storms of sleet, rain, and snow that can sweep down through the valleys from the mountain peaks.  If sheep become soaked and chilled with a freezing rain, the exposure can kill them in a very short time.  They are thin-skinned creatures, easily susceptible to colds, pneumonia, and other respiratory complications.”  

I enjoy reading and the above paragraph I read this morning was written by W. Phillip Keller in his book “A Shepherd looks at Psalm 23”.

In the Bible God’s people are often called “sheep” and He is the Shepherd.  This paragraph grabbed my attention because these thin skinned sheep were susceptible to colds, pneumonia, and respiratory complications.

Sounds like something we are watching on our TV’s today and reading within our news sources.  

God never promised that we would not have troubles.  In fact, He told us we would have troubles.  

Storms can break out at a moments notice.  Corona Virus seems to have whipped across the world as a violent storm. People are isolated, finding safe shelter within their homes.   Rivers of reverses have come.  The economy has reversed.  I read today that 3 million Americans have filed for unemployment.  

Did you ever think you would live in such a time as this?

How do we cope with these valleys that we are walking through?

With Christ, I can face them calmly.  He has sent His Holy Spirit and His Spirit is our helper, our comforter, our advocate, our intercessor, our counselor, our strength.

As my grandchildren sit within the walls of their yard and their homes and are protected by the parents who love them.  I too can be content and at peace as I find shelter in God, who loves me. He is my protector.  He knows how much to shield me from.  He knows how much I can handle.  He is able to walk me safely through the valleys and storms that come my way.  

He loves you too.   He is a Good Shepherd.

Seek Him today and allow Him to say to you “take heart”.

Psalm 91:9-10

“If you make the Most High your dwelling – even the Lord, who is my refuge – then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.  For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways”

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