Times They Are A-Changin’

If you wonder where I got my title, there’s a song from my younger years sung by Bob Dylan entitled, “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” My husband and I spoke to a couple in their late sixties today. The husband said, “Things may never be the same after this,” speaking of the Corona virus pandemic.

I know I’m more apt to ask God for protection, like today, out loud without hesitation. My hairdresser sent a text: if you’re healthy please give me a couple of minutes to sanitize between customers. If you’re coughing, sneezing, feverish, have a runny nose or other symptoms, please re-schedule.

Thankfully, I was over a sinus infection, etc. so I could go. On the front door, a large sign said, “Wash your hands before your hair cut.”

I did that and then the stylist used bleach to clean the chair and other places. When she began combing my hair the bleach assaulted my nose and throat and then my lungs. I spoke sincerely to the Lord, “Please protect the beautician’s and my lungs, Father God.”

She thanked me and then we visited as she trimmed my hair. Her hands looked terribly red from the cleaning solution.

Today, I heard our governor is asking the workforce to be limited by half so people can stay home. Asking folks to be patient if they can’t get the help they’re used to receiving.

Schools, bars, county office buildings: closed. Restaurants, banks, grocery stores: limited services.

Last night, after we prayed, my husband and I took a 77-year-old lady to the Emergency Room because she had a huge sore on red ankles, and pain and color rising up her leg. The doctor asked why we would chance bringing someone in her age range to the hospital. We’re not medical folks, but we have heard of blood getting infected. They took an x-ray to be sure her bone wasn’t infected, and gave her a strong antibiotic via an IV, plus a prescription for more antibiotic to be taken at home.

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Things we’ve taken for granted are unsure now, but God is on the throne. He still heals, and sends peace, and provides if we’ll ask and believe.

May God bless you!

Are You Waiting for the Lord?

(Isaiah 40:31 NRSV) But those 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.

            Whenever I get sick, I lay around to recover, eat as healthy as possible, read the Bible and pray for healing. Besides that, I call every person involved with appointments that I need to cancel. Sometimes, I wait too long to go to the doctor or to get on an antibiotic. When I told someone I wasn’t feeling well, they asked if I had the flu!

            I don’t watch a lot of news, when I’m on the internet, I scroll past all the stories about Corona Flu Virus and how to make tons of money, and about who is marrying whom, and read the article I’m looking for.

            Over the phone, when my acquaintance asked if I had the flu, I wasn’t prepared for the note of anxiety in their voice. “No, I had a sinus infection which caused a bad cold because I didn’t treat it soon enough.”

            I didn’t think much of it until I healed up. Feeling normal today, I went to the library and the drug store. The last few times at the library, it seemed emptier than usual. Then, the clerk at the drugstore spoke about the Corona Flu Virus and oil prices in Arabian countries and the stock market dropping so fast they closed it for 15 minutes.

            Three days out of circulation really made an impact on my life. I was mostly out of the loop of things going on. Then, young people in their cars in the parking lot talking about the virus as I left the store. In between, when I made my purchase in the drug store, I noticed the young man who waited on me looked redder than usual. So, I told him I give all this stuff to God, (my concerns).

            He looked blankly at me. We’ve talked in the past, and once or twice about God and belief.

            I tried again. “What is it that concerns you so much about the Corona Flu Virus?”

            He told me you can have it without symptoms for a bit. I told him this flu virus is not a new virus, a variation, I thought. “So, you catch the flu, you get sick, you get over it.”

            He said, “I’m not as healthy as I look.”

            Fear and anxiety can play havoc with one’s health. That’s why Jesus spoke so often about not fearing and not worrying. I don’t know if the little I said to him eased his concerns, but I do know I’m going to start praying for him and those hit with terror.

            Before Jesus comes back, He said, “Men’s hearts will fail them for fear,” in Luke 21:26-28.

            It is found in the passage on the return of Jesus Christ. He tells those who believe to pray that they can endure until the end. He warns those that don’t believe in Him. Many trust in self-reliance, or another god, or science, etc. Eventually they cease contemplating Jesus, the Savior Who gave His all on the cross for the Jew first and then for the Gentile—the Awesome Messiah!

            I am confident that God keeps those who are born again, as He promises in Ephesians, chapter one. Yet, I’m aware that He warns His followers to beware because Satan sends delusions and other traps, so if it were possible even the very elect could be deceived. Why would He warn us? It says in the end times many will turn from the faith and a great multitude will be saved.

            I tell Jesus, “Whatever it takes, keep me in the faith,” and I do my part. He is a good God and I trust Him!

            May God bless you!