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A Shot In the Arm

You are trying to be careful but you have to go grocery shopping. As you walk through the door, a man is walking out the same door. Just as you cross paths, he let’s go of a sneeze that registers on the Richter scale. While he tries to cover his mouth, you see spittle flying out faster than you can duck and cover. While you don’t think any has gotten on you, you are pretty sure that his germs are all ready attacking your immune system. You don’t want to seem panicky but you race to the hand sanitizer section and find they are sold out. You run to the Clorox wipe section and you find a man dressed in middle eastern garb has just grabbed the last four wipes. You just know that it is an organized plan to destroy America. You are now beginning to sweat. Are you panicking or has the virus all ready taken over? You eye the generic brand of wipes. You are not sure if they are simply watered down Kleenex of if they truly disinfect, but some something is better than nothing. You grab the container, rip it open and begin to wash down every exposed piece of skin on your body. Thankfully, you have now gotten a hold of yourself enough that you wait until your home to wipe down all other areas of your body. Having now settled down, you take a deep breath and begin to shop. It is then that you find that the store is completely out of toilet paper. You begin to sweat again. We live in scary times. As believers, we are warned to not over react but we still need to be careful and take precautions. The above scenario was written to bring a smile to our souls while poking fun at a pretty real situation. I don’t want to get any kind of flu and I also don’t want to live in isolation. I want to be wise without being worried. Just when you think that you are getting that under control, you read about a college shutting down or you see a sporting event being played before no fans and you wonder if maybe you need to be worried again. Maybe you have upcoming plans that involve a plane ride or God forbid, a cruise. What is wisdom and what is worry? I just thought I would simply share a few verses with you today to remind you of some very important truths. They will not completely solve your journey between wisdom and worry but they might help bring some peace.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” Ps 91:1,2

“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence.” II Sam 22:2,3

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