Thinking back over the start of this month, we were feverishly preparing for a trip to Colorado Springs. The first several days of the trip was a planned visit with our son and daughter-in-law, spending the time getting to know our granddaughter. It was my second time to visit with our sweet little princess, who had been born a preemie just a year earlier, but this would be Pop’s first encounter. It wasn’t for lack of planning a visit. Previously, two trips were terminated due to illness and then the pandemic. So, Pop was meeting our little 1-year-old Princess for the first time.
Five days before we were scheduled to fly out, I was stung by a hornet. Now if it had been a wasp, I would not have been surprised. Wasp sightings have been ferocious around our yard this year. But I have never “in all my born days” saw a real hornet’s nest. So, when I bent down to investigate what I thought was a mushroom growing in my bush, I was reminded of the strange year 2020 has turned out to be! And even worse, I tend to have adverse reactions to bites and stings of all kinds, and this hornet prick was more than I bargained for. In fact, two days later I hobbled to the doctor with a painful bruised and swollen left leg begging for some help. “I can’t miss my trip,” I cried!
To make matters worse, that same day, my sis-in-law, called to tell me her son (my nephew), had been in a wreck and his vehicle was totaled. Seeing pictures later, we were all utterly shocked how he escaped death or even serious injury. This took place in Louisiana where hurricane Laura had just ravaged much of my home State. My mom, sisters, brother, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, Aunts, Uncles, friends, were all without power experiencing widespread devastation throughout their Parishes. My sis-in-law, who had been painfully sick from Chemo treatments earlier in the month of August, was spared any bad bouts of nausea and sickness while they were without electricity. Praise JESUS!
Plenty times my mind wondered if I should at all be panicky! Was something trying to prevent us from this visit with our granddaughter, or maybe to keep us from participating in what was planned for the second half of our trip? We were scheduled to speak at a friend’s Church’s Bible Conference. Rodney was the main speaker and I would be the children’s speaker. My thoughts easily raced to the “What ifs”! And I knew to let my mind have free reign I would be a goner! Instead, I decided to trust the all-sufficient God Who has always proven faithful in the past by not leaning on my own understanding but trusting (Proverbs 3:5&6), as well as fixing my thoughts on things that are excellent and worthy of praise! “Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. THEN THE GOD OF PEACE WILL BE WITH YOU” (Philippians 4:8&9, NLT). So, I kept moving forward in obedience to what the Apostle Paul was teaching and commanding while appropriating the armor of God to protect my mind through spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:10-18). And peace, sweet peace, was my reward, as were beautiful smiles and giggles from a precious granddaughter and a Bible Conference that brought a unique blessing in so many ways!
A Hurricane, a hornet, and a horrifying wreck: Practice all you learned, then the God of Peace will be with you!