As I write this, the world news includes a devastating volcano in Japan, militant wars in Syria, student protests in Hong Kong and, if that isn’t enough, an ever-spreading Ebola virus.
It is hard not to get worried or anxious about these and other troublesome current events. Yet, fear is exactly what steals our hope and sends us in a panic. Fear or worry comes from ourselves and the Enemy (Romans 8:15; 2 Timothy 1:7). Instead, the Lord gives us strength, courage and peace (1 John 4:8). Jesus told his friends, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
No matter what is happening in our community, nation, or across the globe, God is in charge. His hand is still on the calendar and he knows exactly what is occurring (Isaiah 14:27; Psalm 33:11; Proverbs 19:21). In fact, his plan never changes and our work for Kingdom remains constant. It may currently look different and take place in unsafe areas, but our purpose is the same—to be the hands and heart of Jesus to our patients and colleagues.
As Paul writes in Romans 12:12, let’s continue to be “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer”. Then our firm faith can be a hopeful light to others during these scary times.
Carrie Dameron, MSN, RNBC, who is a regular contributor for Nurses Christian Fellowship International
and Journal of Christian Nursing
. She provides resources for Christian nursing on her blog http://blog.carriedameron.com/