Updated: Apr 1, 2020
In these turbulent times of so much unknown, it is easy to lose heart and get overwhelmed in the fear that this uncertainty brings. Fear can be paralyzing. I do not want to live in fear. So this morning I repeated out loud,
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”-Corrie Ten Boom
So I went to my Bible.
“Praise the name of God forever and ever,
For he alone has all wisdom and power.
He determines the course of world events;
he removes kings and sets others on the throne.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the scholars.
He reveals deep and mysterious things
and knows what lies hidden in darkness
though he himself is surrounded by light.
I thank and praise you God of my ancestors,
for you have given me wisdom and strength.” Daniel 2:20-23
I like to write about relentless faith.
Faith that does not falter or give up in the midst of the raging dark storm.
Faith that says out loud, God you are good even when everything around me is unknown, uncertain and scary.
Well here I am, an ER nurse in the midst of Covid-19.
Here I am to declare, God you are good.
And I will trust you. I trust you in these scary and dark times. I put my faith and my hope in The Known God.
I was reminded of another story from Daniel. Daniel is a book from the Bible, and was written approximately 536 B.C. Twenty-five centuries ago, King of Babylon besieged Jerusalem and took many as slaves. Of those slaves, there are three that we read about, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Their Babylonian names were Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
These three men refused to compromise their faith. They had every excuse, they were prisoners captured from their own home and forced to serve the very King who exiled them.
But in the midst of all this chaos and change, they refused to compromise their devotion to God. They risked death, but still they would not compromise.
When given the ultimatum, bow to this king or be burned alive, they looked him in the face and boldly said,
“We do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, The God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power... But even if he doesn’t, your majesty can be sure that we will never serve your gods…” Daniel 3: 16-18
They knew with certainty and conviction, that no matter what happened, God was good.
Whether they lived or burned alive, they knew they would not compromise their faith in God. They knew that God was able to save them. And they knew it was possible that God may not save them, but still they chose to trust their unknown future to their known God.
The king was furious, and had them thrown into the furnace. And he watched. But what he saw was not what he expected. The Babylonian King saw four men walking around the fire, and says “And the fourth looks like a divine being!” Daniel 3:25
These three men walked out of the fire, unharmed and unburned.
That is the same God we serve.
That is the same God I serve.
That is the Known God that I will trust my future to.
I do not know the outcome of Covid-19. But I do know that I will not compromise my faith. I will not live in fear. I will not let anxiety consume me. God is still in control and He still is powerful.
There is so much fear.
Fear keeps us awake at night, fear steals our hope.
I think what I really fear is looking into the face of my own mortality. The fear of death.
The fear that my job can very realistically expose me and my family to Covid-19 as it has done for countless other front line healthcare workers around the world.
So I need to be honest with myself. I do fear the virus. I am human. If I am not careful I get caught up in the anxiety of the negative news, the death and infections of Covid-19. But this is where I have to stop and recenter. I do not have to fear death. When my ending comes, and only God knows when that is, I do not have to fear. I know where I am going when I die and I know that with certainty. I have hope. My faith is real.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it." John 3:16,17
So I choose to stop and breathe deeply. And repeat. And trust my unknown future to the known God.
Please reach out to a Medical front line worker today and send them a message of encouragement. Pray for team unity in these stressful work environments, pray for their safety, for their families and let them know you are praying! There are doctors, nurses, healthcare aids, housekeeping, ward clerks, lab technicians, Imaging technicians, laundry workers, registration clerks and more.