Life and Death and Viruses …

by TerryLema

I was thinking about life and death the other day. We apparently are experiencing a third wave of COVID19 in Idaho and there are always the “warnings” that people who are old or compromised are most at risk. I am old – not as old as some but old enough to fall into that risk category. I also have three, yes three, auto-immune diseases which affect my risk factors, one of which has the potential for blindness, strokes, aneurisms. Thinking about life and death is not such an odd phenomenon for me.

For a couple hours the enemy was trying to install fear in my heart about leaving the house, exposing myself to “the virus.” Then I realized what was going on and who was trying to influence my heart. I remembered that no matter what happens to my body, I have life in the name of Jesus.

“But these are written so that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name.” [John 20:31]

Life in Jesus’ Name. That life given to me by the Son of God when I placed my faith in Him and surrendered to His LORDship is eternal. It cannot be taken from me because it is provided and guarded by the One in whom all power and authority resides.

Yes, my body might fail … yes, my body will fail. It may fail from age, from disease, from a virus, or from an accident. It may fail today, tomorrow, or in two decades. But life … the life in His name, cannot fail.

Will I do everything I can to avoid risks while I am most vulnerable now – of course. Not because of fear of death, but because I do not think my time of ministry is done yet. When it is, I will take my eternal life and go to see face-to-face the One who provided it.

What a glorious day that will be. Amen & Amen

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