Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
I have thought a lot about that question lately. I see movies and hear stories about the bravery of people and I wonder just how brave I would be if push came to shove. Would I run into a burning building to save someone's life? Would I jump in front of someone who was about to take a bullet? Would I jump into the water to save someone from drowning, even though I can barely stay afloat myself? Would I go to a leper colony and live among the lepers just to minister to them. Would I put myself in harm's way AT ALL in order to minister to other people?
What is it that is so attractive about this life that we want to cling to it? What is so attractive about this planet? I understand not wanting to suffer. That is way down on my list of ways to die. Sometimes taking a bullet would be preferable, because it's fast, if they actually hit their mark!
In all of my days on this earth, I don't think I have ever heard the word FEAR like I have heard it since March.
People are afraid to go to church
People are afraid to go to the store
People are afraid to have people in their homes
People are afraid to walk outside
Many, if questioned, would say, 'I am just trying to be safe and keep other people safe.' It reminds me of a story I read years ago about a family who were "safe" inside their home, sound asleep, when an airplane crashed into their home and killed all of them.
I have decided that there is no safe place in this world except in the Lord. Proverbs 18:10 says "The name of the Lord is a fortified tower, the righteous run to it and are safe." The Message Bible says, "God's name is a place of protection--good people can run there and be safe."
Next time you are fearful..... Next time you feel unsafe....run to Jesus. He is the ONLY place you can be protected.
Job 13:15 says, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him." Bad things may happen to all of us. That bullet we tried to stop may kill us. We may all get a virus and die. However, if we trust in HIM, we don't have to be afraid.