On Tuesday, I took a sick day to visit the doctor. Since last Saturday, I’ve been dealing with annoying coughs and a sore throat. Every once in a while the runny nose makes an appearance. After sitting in the doctor’s office all morning, I began to complain about the things that I had to do and the things that were not getting done. I even griped about not feeling 100%.
To cheer myself up, I called my mom…because that’s what I do…I’m the baby of the family.
As she answered the phone, I could tell that something was wrong. Immediately, my focus shifted when I heard, “we got the call that your sister’s house is on fire.” My heart raced as I panicked. Lord, what can I do? What will they do without a home? What about my nieces and nephew? Forgetting my own wants, I immediately went to God in prayer. “Lord, please fix it,” was all that I could say.
Now, as I type this post, I look back and think of all the things that were going wrong in that moment. We overlooked what could go right. We panicked instead of prayed. We doubted instead of believed. The good news is that my sister’s home was spared. It was only a close call. By the time that the fire trucks arrived, the emergency respondents realized that the fire was directly behind her home and not in her home. From the highway, it appeared that the house was in flames, but upon closer review it was a wood fire that grew out of control. Apparently, a tree fell on a nearby power line. I am so thankful for that discovery. It could have been much worse and we could have lost it all.
So, in continuation with Worship Wednesday, I share a song by Building 429 entitled “We Won’t Be Shaken”. The lyrics say, “Whatever will come our way, through fire or pouring rain, we won’t be shaken, no we won’t be shaken”.
No matter what you’re going through, remember that upon closer review, you are blessed. Don’t think of what it looks like from the highway of life, as the flames dance behind you. Think of how close you were to losing it all, but STILL, you were not shaken!
K. Jones ♥