When Despair Came Knocking at my Door

It’s been a long standing policy of mine to end my day on an upbeat note. Going to bed with happy thoughts is a recipe for sleeping well.

However, recently I got drawn in to a intriguing YouTube about the possibility of North Korean or another rogue country or organization denoting a “dirty bomb” over our nation and shutting down the electrical grid and disrupting our ability to connect with satellites, etc. The results would be devastating (I’ll not bore you with the details).

So instead of going through my usual routine I laid in bed and thought about what would happen if our nation was thrust back into the dark ages with no technology, no electricity, no cars, no running water, no grocery stores, no law and order, no…

I pictured my daughter and her family being in Fort Mill, SC and my parents and mother-in-law in Walhalla/Six Mile, SC and my son with his family in Texas or in other part of the world (as an Army Chaplain), and Sonja and me many miles away in Bismarck, with no way to communicate with any of them.

I thought and thought about this potential scenario and was digging myself a pretty deep hole.

Then I remembered Psalm 131:1, “O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; nor do I involve myself in great matters, or in things too difficult for me.”

Remember the old Aqua Vela commercial where the man slapped his face when he applied the aftershave? I gave myself a mental aqua vela slap and reminded myself that dirty bombs and nuclear winters were way over my pay grade.

Despair was knocking at the door, but I decided to let God, who has been running this Universe long before I got here, go answer and I rolled over and went to sleep.

The ONE THING for today: If there’s nothing you can do about it, then don’t go there–let God go.

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