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MAYDAY! MAYDAY!——BE STILL.

MAYDAY!  MAYDAY!

Distress Signal Sent

WHO WILL HEAR?

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We are currently living in a time of stress and distress. MAYDAY for a vaccine to control a deadly virus. MAYDAY for a treatment to use until a vaccine is safely tested. MAYDAY for all those who are not working and need financial assistance. MAYDAY for the business owners who need a loan to keep their business afloat. MAYDAY for all those “essentials” working away from home, possibly at risk of contracting the virus and infecting loved ones. MAYDAY for those who have lost family and friends to this virus and cannot be with them in their final moments. MAYDAY for all the children sheltered-in-place away from school and social relationships. MAYDAY as the mental and emotional toll escalates.

WHO WILL HEAR?

Only One can calm that distress within and respond to our MAYDAY.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
be gracious to me and answer me!
(Psalm 27:7)

Are we trusting in God to help us through these times of stress, loss, fear, turmoil, loneliness, isolation?

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
(Psalm 46:1
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28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary,
    His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
    and to Him who has no might He increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
    and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
    they shall walk and not faint.  (Isaiah 40:28-31)

 Our cries of distress are heard by God. He is ever-present with us. We must be present with Him in our prayers–talking with Him, communicating our needs, seeking His help and strength, reaching out for His comfort and His peace.

 20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
    He is our help and shield.

21 Yea, our heart is glad in Him,
    because we trust in His holy name.
22 Let thy steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
    even as we hope in Thee. (Psalm 30:20-25)

AMEN.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 05/01/2020 blog)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

DISCONNECTED— FROM GOD

¹How long, O Lord? Wilt Thou forget me forever?
How long wilt Thou hide Thy face from me?
How long must I bear pain in my soul,
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
lighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him”;
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

(Psalm 13: 1-4)

Our enemy is different. It is not a physical intruder that we can combat with weaponry. Yet, like David, our current enemy, a virus, can rob us of peace and security and leave us shaken. We may be questioning God, asking where He is through this shadow of fear and death. “Where is the Light?  Have You forgotten us?”

“How long, O Lord?” is our plea.

These questions, however, are directed to the wrong source. REDIRECTING: Why don’t we seek His Light? How long will we try to hide our faces from Him? Have we forgotten Him? Is the pain in our souls and the sorrow in our hearts our own fault, because we remain disconnected from Him?

David reconnects with God in the next lines of the psalm, recognizing that the problem is his own faith toward God and not a question of God’s faithfulness to him.

But I have trusted in Thy steadfast love;
    my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
    because He has dealt bountifully with me.

(Psalm 13:5-6)

David’s words to God in these two verses should be our own.

RECONNECTED–WITH GOD

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
    to all who call upon Him in truth. (Psalm 145:8)

We are never alone before any enemy or threat. We are never alone before anything or anyone that may do us harm, including ourselves—as long as we are connected with Him.

STAY SAFE–with God. STAY HOME–with God.

STAY CONNECTED—WITH GOD!

AND NEVER DISCONNECT FROM THE SOURCE OF HOPE AND PROMISE

AND EVER-FAITHFUL LOVE.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 04/5/2020)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

IN GOD, WE MUST PUT OUR TRUST.

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. . . (Hebrews 10:23)

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From the time we were children, we have experienced fear: 

    “When but a child, I feared the dark, yet under covers peered                         

     At ghastly forms by street-illumed in bedroom corners drear; 

     Near heaps of clothes uncanny shapes in shadows moved about; 

     My widened eyes sleep could not close as creatures nearer crept . . .”

From a poem I wrote to my grandmother, the ending involves her coming to rescue me by watching over me as I slept. I had a very special relationship with my grandmother, spending many summers with her and my grandfather, always feeling safe in her presence, putting my trust in her when I was a child. But, then, Alzheimer’s claimed her, and I went to stay with her for another purpose—to calm her fears and watch over her as she slept.

Human caregivers and loved ones cannot be the ever-present protectors that we need –for the simple fact that they are mortal and subject to the many frailties of life. The only ultimate caregiver who will always watch over us and protect us when we put our trust in Him is God, our Creator, the forever “I AM”. He knows us better than our parents, our grandparents, our close friends, our brothers or sisters in Christ.

God knows our fears and holds our tears.

We are living in uncertain times. Life is not as we have known it, from expectation. This can result in increased anxiety and fear as we face unknown circumstances and futures. Yet, the Psalmist David says it clearly, “In God I put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 56:11). In these times of global uncertainty, it is not a virus or men that we should fear—but God, for if  we do not put our trust in Him and praise His Word , we cannot secure our eternity with Him.  He is ever with us, but we must also be with Him.

6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.  

(Deuteronomy 31:6)

“Now I lay me down to sleep/I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake, I pray to God my soul to take.
If I should live for other days/I pray the Lord to guide my ways.
Father, unto thee I pray/Thou hast guarded me all day;
Safe I am while in thy sight/Safely let me sleep tonight.” ¹

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.  (Psalm 4:8)

 ¹ A Child’s Bedtime Prayer: version by Henry Johnstone.  www.beliefnet.com

(Sharon G. Tate blog 03/15/2020)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word