Plague and Pestilence - by Jennifer Guglielmo
My dear friend Brenda, who attends our Ladies Bible Study on Mondays, wrote to me recently, about the difficult place we all find ourselves in right now. Personally, I respect each person's right to have an opinion on this pandemic and even have an opinion on how society ought to handle it. However, as Brenda points out, our first place we should turn to for advice, is not science, nor government, but the Lord Himself. Here is an excerpt from a recent correspondence from her...
As for me, I'm in a quandary. I know my time is when God decides, but also being cautious knowing my lungs are my weak spot. So, right now, I'm not sure. But this is interesting... While looking through commentaries recently, I came across something Spurgeon wrote. In 1854, he was a young man ministering in London during the cholera epidemic. He talks about starting out with youthful ardor, visiting the sick, attending at burials, comforting the grieving. But after awhile, he was overcome by it all, weary in body and sick at heart. He said his burden was heavier than he could bear and he was about to sink under it. He was returning from a funeral and he happened to notice a paper in a tailor's shop. Being curious, he stopped to read it.
"Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling." (Ps. 91:9-10)
I loved how he 'happened' upon that and I also love how I 'happened' upon
his writing of it 165 years later. So I'm rethinking my boundaries and shall pray about it and see what God tells me. I know I won't frivolously go out dancing in the streets maskless. But perhaps I can stretch my wings bit.
Photo - Moses with the Ten Commandments, Chapel of Moses, Israel