NINETY EIGHT POINT SIX

My brother, Jeff and I went to lunch. When we finished and were walking to the car, I commented on the heat.

He said, “Do you see how amazing it is that, no matter how hot or cold it is outside, our bodies keep a 98.6 temperature?”

We had already had a long conversation about God’s hand on us, God’s provision for us, God’s ordering our steps, God’s orchestrating our circumstances.

We find ourselves learning to trust Him, and not to trust our immediate understanding of the trials of life.

But, thinking about this comment, 98.6, I began to think of all the inter-workings of the different systems in my body that it takes to maintain the temperature.

The heart beats moving blood and oxygen. I don’t even have to think about it. It just beats.

The body pushes water out of our body to cool the skin when it is hot . I don’t even have to think about it.

And, I’m not the only one who has a 98.6 temperature. It is fairly universal among humans.

When an enemy in the form of a virus or bacteria enters my body, my body temperature rises, to make this virus or bacteria very uncomfortable, and to eventually overcome it.

I don’t have to think about it.

I was designed this way.

I have a tendency to find things to worry about, things that make me afraid.

But, if I don’t have the ability to make myself taller, or to will my heart to beat, or to keep my body from sweating, or to fix the world’s fixation on a virus, what can I do?

“Fear not! For I Am with you!

I know the plans I have for you.

I know the number of your days.

Trust in Me. Trust Me.

Commit your way to Me, and I will act.

Delight yourself in Me and I will give you the desires of your heart.

Be still before me.

Wait patiently for Me.

Do not fret over the man who carries out evil devices.

Do not fret! It leads only to evil.

If you delight in my way, I will establish your steps.

The salvation of the righteous is from Me.

I am your stronghold in times of trouble.

I will help you and deliver you and save you from the wicked.

Because, you take refuge in me.

DO NOT FEAR, FOR I AM WITH YOU!

(Excerpts from Psalm 37.)

Who am I to argue with that?

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