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I ain't worried

So much is going in our world right now, and it would be easy to be afraid.

I think about my little grandson, and the unborn child still growing inside my daughter, and the tendency is to worry. Today, I have a staff member, who just happens to be my best friend, home sick with all the symptoms of this mess, and it is easy to worry about her. I think about little Zadie Kaye, my friends Joni Haldeman and Abbi Capps, and all of the rest of my friends who fight illness daily, and there is a natural worry. My dad is 80 years old and has heart problems, so ya, there is some worry. I myself am in the “risk” category, with an immune system hampered by a golf ball growing behind my left eye, and I ask myself, do I really want to go out to eat?

But, I am not worried.

My eldest sent me a picture this morning of locusts devouring everything in their path in East Africa, the whole world can see the impact of a changing climate, and we only have to watch the news to hear of wars and rumors of wars, and instantly all of these things make many of us jump to the Bible, and the prophecies of “The Last Days.”

But, I am not worried.

You see, my mawmaw told me as a child that “the last days” have been happening for centuries, and whether we are in them or not, there is nothing we can do to change it. Yes, we can pray 2 Chronicles 7:14 and we can get down on our knees and beseech God for brighter days and hope for our children, but my friend, when He is ready to come, He will come.

Instead, I want to relish the things of life. While we are all hunkered down, no sports, no school, no big events to go to, we have the opportunity to  take back something that has been stolen from us by a world filled with technology, the rat race, and calendars packed full of so many things to do there are not enough hours in the day.

We have the chance now, to take back things like one-on -one time with our kids. Things like board games scattered across the dining table, games of gin rummy and go fish, reading stories to our little ones, and family dinners cooked in the kitchen. We have the chance now to spend more time calling our loved ones, taking long, hot baths, and playing with the dogs that usually sit by the front door waiting for us to come home.

We can take this time and live in fear, or we can count it all as a gift from Heaven, and rest our bodies and our minds. We can turn off the tv, and put down our smart phones, and just rest.

The insanity at the grocery stores will pass. The world will not run out of toilet paper and Irish Spring. The meat aisle at the store will go back to having 59 cents a pound leg quarters and the drink aisle will have 40 different kinds of bottled water again very soon.

This is not the end of the world as we know it. (Tell me that song isn’t in your head now)

The Bible does say that perilous times will come, but with that, there is only one thing that does worry me.

Are you ready? What I also see around me are people that I know and love, that might not be ready for the end times, because they don’t know Him.

Maybe we can use this time off, to share Him more, with all of those we know, that don’t know.

Bowie County Citizens Tribune

139 E.N. Front Street
New Boston, Texas 75570