Friday night just after dinner my wife and I received the news that her father had suffered a heart attack. We hurriedly got things organized here at home before driving the two hours to Wyoming where we picked up her mother before heading to the cardiac care unit in Sarnia. By the time we arrived his condition had been stabilized and as I write this I am able to report that he is making a good recovery although he is to undergo thorough testing this week. We are thankful that his life has been spared and that he is getting the help he needs at this time. We are also thankful that he is always safe in Jesus as are all the Lord's people.
The whole incident reminded me once again that our times are in God's hands and we never know what a day will bring. Even though we say things like this all the time I am not sure we really feel the significance and weight of these words until we find ourselves face to face with circumstances that are out of our control. In times like these the doctrine of the sovereignty of God is such a comfort. This doctrine, which is too often a theological battleground, reassures us as the people of God that he knows what he is doing and that he is working out all things for our good and his glory. In times when our worlds seem to be spinning out of control it provides an anchor that keeps us firmly rooted in the Lord who alone is eternal and unmovable.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.