My Take…

Tonight my sensitive Abigail started to cry and say she was getting scared with all that is going on in our world. I tried my best to reassure her…and me. I explained to her about how germs are spread and how people stay away from one another, the virus has nowhere to go. This helped…this time.

Abigail went with me to the store this past Friday. She experienced the empty shelves, the packed aisles, the frantic faces, and the tension in the air. She said that night to us that she felt like she was being pushed through the store.

Seems like everyone has an opinion on this thing. Seems like they all know one way or another how it’s going to play out. Some blow it off while others are stocking up at any cost. I saw a 4 pack of toilet paper online for sale for 15$. The conversations everywhere are either jokes about toilet paper or hand sanitizer. It was funny a couple days ago…until President Trump announced to keep our gatherings to 10 or less people. That hit me. Scared me. I started to think of the things we have. The things we don’t have. The things I always said I’d get in a time like this. Frantic is the feeling I had inside. Fear is another word for it.

Seems like all over the Internet you can find jokes or encouraging do not fear quotes. Or if you’re a facts kind of gal, you read the articles that are cranking out daily. Bottom line?

What if? That’s a question I bet many of us ask when the devices are put on the charger and the televisions are turned off. What if? When the school work is done. And the dinner dishes are cleaned up. What if?

I’m not here to give you a quote to make you feel better. And I’m out of jokes on the matter. There is a fear that has been knocking on my heart. And it comes and it goes. It goes mainly when I remember I’m ok I’ll make it to heaven. But then the fear returns when I think of my loved ones who may not make it there. What if?

Yep leave it to me to dramatize this whole thing. Leave it to me to be the raw one…but, what if?

Honestly, none of us have an answer to any of this. We definitely do all have our opinions though. But…what if? What if it happens to you? What if your child gets it? What if your child suffers from autism and OCD and fear of germs? And now her world is torn apart by the one thing she usually has to make small in her mind just to make it through the day. Have you considered those who have legitimate fears of germs? What that looks like for them each new day?

There will be many more stories like that, along with others I’ve heard. A father to stationed states away from his pregnant wife. Who now can’t make it home for the birth of his child. Children of elderly parents who sit in their homes wondering and worrying over their parent in a nursing home.

There are going to be some sad stories that come out of this. Tragedy. But what if? You become one of those stories? Who will you lean on? What about those who have no one?

So you see, again my dear reader, the conundrum I find my thinking in. But you who know my writings know I never leave you with a bad/sad ending because out of all of this chaos, out of all this fear, our God still sits on throne. Our God still wins. Our God has this in control. He said, and I believe it with all of my heart, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. He’s there for you and He’s here for me.

So the next time we ask what if? Maybe we can hear Him say…I’m here.

20 Replies to “My Take…”

  1. Habakkuk 3:17-19 King James Version (KJV)
    17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:

    18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

    19 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

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  2. “ But then the fear returns when I think of my loved ones who may not make it there. What if?” PRAISE GOD! I am experiencing this same fear!

    We were suppose to go to Milwaukee this weekend to see my mom and dad and brothers. Stay in a hotel- swim- have pizza- I have been excited about this for weeks…
    Now I think we need to keep the kids home- the schools have been closed down-my dad had open heart surgery 2 months ago-

    William and Landon (down syndrome) have both had pneumonia in the past-If I don’t follow protocol and rebel “I will do what I want” that’s kind of stupid? I’m not sure what their immune system can handle… let alone my dad and mom!

    I totally have faith in God! I totally believe He’s in control! That being said I’m not going to go jump off a cliff and see what He does! Does that make sense ?

    *Great post, Amy!!

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  3. Amen, God is still in control!
    Wait on the Lord : be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:14
    Read all ch 27, so good!

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  4. “Maybe we can hear Him say…I’m here.”
    I hear Him throughout your post, my dear Amy.
    And, What if He calls me to go: go help those who are sick and weary and downtrodden? If/when He calls, I pray I will answer in complete obedience.

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  5. This post pretty much sums up all of my thoughts too. I’ve really realized just how I’ve taken the stocked grocery store for granted… How I’ve taken it for granted that I can so easily buy my children clothes online or at the mall. These things would be devastating for us if they were taken away, and I think we’re all getting a taste of it right now. Never mind the concerns the virus itself brings with it!! I’m definitely doing my best to focus on the positive and to take it one day at a time right now. It’s strange facing such an uncertain future, but I am thankful for the one certainty that does exist. Like you said, God is still in control!!

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  6. Another Christian blogger posted that there were three possibilities: 1.) I won’t get the virus, (2.) I will get it and recover, and (3.) I will get it and go to be with Jesus. So for the believer, “it’s all good.”
    But then, as you say, “the fear returns when I think of my loved ones who may not make it there.” THAT is the focus of most of my prayers these days. Will we die? Yes, we ALL will. It’s not a matter of if or even when, it’s a question of where we stand with God when the inevitable comes. As God is stepping up His attention-getting strategies, we need to be stepping up our prayers for our as-yet unsaved loved ones.

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