My mom has been in the hospital two times over the last two weeks. My prayers are with her often, as are my thoughts. I know, based on my own hospitalizations, that fear, anxiety and depression can quite easily take over.
Coincidentally, by divine design, I’ve been reading in the book of Daniel. I just read two of the more memorable Sunday School felt board stories: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace and Daniel in the lions’ den.
Where do these two thoughts meet, you might be thinking. I’m glad you asked. Perish or relish.
When life circumstances bring us to the brink of disaster, to the edge of the precipice, to the mouth of a bubbling volcano, we have a choice. We can dwell on the circumstances only and perish through depression, fear, anxiety, regret, bitterness, etc., or we can relish in our God, in our LORD.
This is easier said than done. Duh.
I can probably count on one hand or less the times when on the brink of life disaster, according to my perception, when I chose to relish instead of perish. Even when we choose to perish, God shows abundant grace. Ah, but when we relish.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego chose to relish in their God and they came out of the fiery furnace, that was so hot it killed the guards who put them in it, 100% unscathed. They had no burns, their clothes were intact, their hair was still there and even the smell of smoke was not on them.
Daniel came out of the lions’ den even without a single scratch.
I want that kind of faith, don’t you? I want to come out of whatever circumstance I find myself in 100% unscathed because of my faith.
What current life circumstance feels like you are on the brink of disaster? How can you relish there instead of perish?
God is faithful and full of grace. Thank You, Jesus.