Daily Devotional for January 18, 2023

Drew is a great guy.  Sunday, Drew gave all of us a scare.

Just as I started the sermon, I noticed a commotion in the back of the sanctuary.  Something was terribly wrong with Drew.  Brian was already at Drew’s side and many of the doctors in the sanctuary were headed his way.

While this was not the first episode Drew has had, it had never happened during worship.

Just as I got to Drew, he regained consciousness.  Jack told him the ambulance was on the way and Drew said, “I can’t go.  I have to stay and hear the greatest sermon in the history of sermons.”  Brian said, “Tom told him to say that.”

I won’t even bring up what Jack said.  Let’s just say, I’m hurt.  

Even though I didn’t see anything funny about it, everyone else thought Drew was trying to be humorous but I knew the truth.  Drew knew how great my sermons are and he didn’t want to miss one.

This got me thinking.

I learned a couple of things from Drew’s experience.

First, while I pray you never have a medical emergency, if you do, I hope you are at our church because of all the medical personnel and first responders.  You will receive first class care.

Second, and most important, was the way Drew reacted to his own predicament.  Instead of being panicked and self-consumed, Drew knew his God had everything under control.  

This reminded me of the description of a great wife and mother found in the book of Proverbs that says, “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.”  (Proverbs 31:25)

While we don’t often talk about the fact that each of us will face death, it’s coming.  Those who trust in God have no reason to fear because we know who we are and whose we are.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, as I face the uncertainties of another day, help me put all my trust in you.  I know if I focus on you, no matter how this life works out, I am in good hands.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Trusting God is the best way to live, die, and live again.   This is why the angels always say, “Don’t be afraid.”  

God’s in control.  That’s a good thing. 

Just for the record, the EMS personnel ran an EKG on Drew, and it was normal, so he came back into the sanctuary to hear the rest of the sermon.  

He’s my kind of guy.

Also, yesterday, Ellie told me Drew confessed he had forgotten to take his medicine.  While divorce in not in Drew and Ellie’s vocabulary, she hasn’t ruled out murder.

I will keep you informed.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins