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from the West Wing

Well, last week I had one of those “just as everything seems to be going along on an even keel, something happens and suddenly the world is turned upside down” moments of my own. You might recall, I was in the middle of my West Wing article when I was suddenly called away. My husband was being taken to the ER at Northwest Hospital with a possible heart attack or stroke. Thankfully, all the big, bad things were ruled out and he was able to return home. The official discharge was undiagnosed vertigo; not a particularly pleasant ailment, but certainly not life threatening. For that we are most grateful.

It’s interesting that I had just been writing about such experiences. If you remember, I was telling you about some friends of mine who had had their world suddenly turned upside down with the death of their 25-year-old daughter. I had also recounted the story of the death of Jesus and how it had turned the disciples’ world upside down. I’m even more convinced as I sit here this week that we have all faced these times in our lives; and if you have not, rest assured, no one is immune. The one thing that is certain, there will be times when, in the blink of an eye, everything will change. So how does one deal with these unexpected, life-changing experiences? I believe the answer lies in how we live our lives all the rest of the time. It’s how we live our lives in the “everything seems to be going along on an even keel” times.

My dear friends who have lost a daughter will never be the same. However, it is their faith in Jesus Christ that has and will continue to carry them through. I must admit, last week I had moments of anxiousness; but ultimately I knew that God was in control, that He loved Lew more than I, and no matter what the outcome, He would walk beside us all the way.

It’s that relationship with our Heavenly Father that sustains through all the scary times. The time when you hear the word cancer and realize the doctor is speaking to you. When someone you love dies, even when it is “expected.” During a sudden earthquake, thunderstorm, snowstorm, or other emergency. When you are involved in an accident of some kind. In fact, this all once again brings me back to our theme for this year: Romans 8:37. But it’s verse 35 that needs to be read first. It says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” And the answer is “No, in ALL THESE THINGS we are more than conquerors . . .” That means ALL THINGS. It means when life if going along fine and is predictable, AND it means when suddenly everything is not fine. Through it all, Jesus is Lord, He loves us; and no matter what may come, He will always be by our side.