Monday, October 7, 2013

Light in the Darkness

Lately, I’ve spent way more time in Emergency Rooms and ICU than I ever wanted to. There have been times I have even wanted to run away, because I didn’t want to face the difficulties there. While I greatly admire the skill of folks working there, and their amazing, highly advanced equipment, it is often overshadowed by the sadness, pain, and desperation seen on the faces all around.

Not every hospital emergency situation ends ‘happily ever after.’ Sometimes even the most skilled professionals and the most up-to-date equipment cannot save a person or the diagnosis for life remaining is occasionally tough to handle. But there ARE many times where lives are saved, illnesses are healed, and the prognosis turns out to be VERY good.

Life can be that way sometimes, too. It may seem that everywhere we look is anguish, fear, and violence. Occasionally, it seems more than we can even bear to face. However, we know through God we can have peace DURING the struggles, and that ultimately He will be the victor.

If I had my way, I’d never walk through the door of another ER or ICU—but realistically, that’s not likely to happen. Similarly, I’d rather not hear of any more sadness in the world around us. But even if I was never to darken the door at the hospital, and was to live with my head in the sand regarding the world around me….the sadness would still be there. There’s no escaping it in this world….but what a blessed promise that we have an anchor, and this is not the end of the story!

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

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