• Dr. Mike Routt

PREPARING FOR THE NEXT "WAVE"

The word "wave" has a variety of meanings. But, for the sake of this blog, I refer to "wave" as a long body of water curling into an arched form and breaking on the shore. Most of us have enjoyed visiting the beach. As a matter of fact, on this wintery, blustery, snowy day, many of us would like to be transported to one immediately!


We've walked along a beach, watching each "wave" break on the beach. One wave. Then another. Then another.


Well, the "wave" of corona virus has "come on shore." Hundreds of thousands of people ill with the virus in the U.S. Thousands of fatalities. Yet, according to a recent article, there is a different "wave" preparing to come on shore once the corona virus wave has departed: mental health. One person predicts the curve of needs for mental health would follow the curve of infections leaders are trying to flatten. For example, one person said, "Solving one ailment worsens another. Those of us who struggle with depression know isolation as a symptom, not an antidote."


As this new "wave" prepares to come on shore, as followers of JESUS, we know the antidote for many of these emotional/psychological challenges - our faith.


For those filled with anxiety, "Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you" (I Peter 5:7).


For those filled with fear, "Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you" (Psalm 56:3).


For those filled with weariness, "They that hope on the LORD shall renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint" (Isaiah 40:31).


For those filled with discouragement, "Have not I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged. For the LORD your GOD will be with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9).


For those filled with stress, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."


The waves of anxiety, fear, weariness, discouragement, and stress "come on shore" in our lives. Let us be reminded of Matthew 7: 24-25: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be likea wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock."


Stay strong, church family, during this severe crisis/trial by staying strong in the Word! At the same time, if you are encountering a really serious health challenge, be sure to reach out to another believer - one you can confide in and one who can pray for you. As followers of JESUS, we should always "be there" for each other. We are family!!



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