Unemployment, rising gas prices, death in Afghanistan, fathers murdering children, as well as missing children, enemy drones invading Israel, meningitis outbreaks caused by back pain shots, and alligators released and abandoned in public areas on Long Island - These are a few things going on here and in the world at large.
Make no mistake - we are living in a dangerous world, populated by dangerous people, in dangerous times. We are perhaps frightened because of our disability. We know that there is much we cannot do. We are slow or frozen, weak and uncoordinated - an easy target for bad people. We are forced to depend on the kindness of others. We are very much aware of our physical shortcomings in a world where only the super heroes of our imaginations meet the dark demands of evil. We are no match for whatever may attack from the midst of darkness.
It will not help to turn from this reality and pretend - and hope - that we and our loved ones will emerge from it all unscathed. Because we don't know what to do - we have fallen asleep; but we MUST wake up!
Our heavenly father tells us what to do. He tells us what the final outcome for those who belong to Him will be:
"You will have the Lord for an everlasting light, and your God for your glory." Isaiah 60:19
I'll give you some highlights from the 91st Psalm, but I strongly suggest that you read the entire Psalm for yourself:
"It is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper, and from the deadly pestilence. You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day; of the pestilence that stalks in the day...." Psalm 91
God is our refuge - our hope - our help in times of trouble. WAKE UP, Pilgrim! Have courage and fear not.
Our God is aware; our God is powerful; our God is light and love. Draw close to Him and He will draw close to you.
"He who dwells in the shelter of the most high, will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.: Psalm 91:1