By now you most likely have heard more than you ever wanted to hear about Ebola and probably have your own opinions. I know I have several things I have wanted to share on more than one occasion, but I have kept my opinions to myself…unless you happened to ask me about it or were around when it came up in conversation. And, at this time I am still going to keep most of my opinions to myself. However, one of the things that continually surfaces when I am discussing Ebola with my friends in Burkina is the need to trust God.
For those of you who don’t know, there are about 15 countries in West Africa. Only three of those countries currently have Ebola cases. There are no reported cases of Ebola in Burkina or any surrounding countries. Burkina is over 1500 kilometers from the closest Ebola affected country. However, there have been teams who have cancelled trips, employers who want their employees to stay out of the work place for 21 days after returning to the US from Burkina, people who think all flights from West Africa should be banned and other similar situations.
Having said all that, this isn’t going to be yet another blog about Ebola, but a blog about our need to trust God. Recently, I had a conversation with friends about trusting God and one of the things we talked about was how we didn’t move to Burkina because it was the safest or most comfortable choice, we moved here because God called us here. I think Scripture is clear that our life isn’t always going to be easy or comfortable (James 1:2-3). Scripture is also clear that God is in control and we have to trust Him (Proverbs 3:5). If God has called us to something, we have to trust Him to handle the details.
I was reminded the hard way that we are not promised tomorrow and that no matter what happens, I have to make the choice to trust God. My sister woke up one morning and her husband was dead. His autopsy report revealed that he was perfectly healthy and provided no answers as to why he died. He was a young, healthy guy living in Texas with a safe job. He loved God and was serving Him where God had placed him and yet he still died.
The bottom line – we have to trust God. I always say that God gave us a brain to use so we need to make wise choices, but we also have to trust Him no matter what is going on all around us. In relation to that subject I said I wasn’t going to talk about – we need to remember that it is God who gives us life and health every day and it is God who can take it away at any moment, no matter where we are or what we are doing. He knows how many hairs are on our head (Matthew 10:30). He knows every time we get up or lay down (Psalm 139:2). He knows every time a bird falls from the sky (Matthew 10:29). And, He also already knows how many days I will be on this earth. So, I don’t need to worry about the unknown. I don’t need to have fear about something that will probably not happen. And if it does, I have to trust that God is in control and God has a plan for me.
I love this from a friend’s blog: “If we live in fear, we may never accomplish anything! This seems like what Satan would want, for Christians to live in fear and accomplish NOTHING. Irrational fear and worry that holds back progress in life is not from God. Limiting ourselves through fear limits God’s ability to work through our lives.” (I highly recommend reading the entire post here: http://benandmollycollins.blogspot.com/2014/10/power-love-and-self-discipline.html?spref=fb)