2020 04 20 Brasilia – DF, Brasil
I am literally sprawled out in my hammock.
It is hanging in a small space; my left leg and foot extend out in the hammock, my right leg and foot hanging over the edge. Sprawled is the correct word 😉
It is 5:00 pm and the sun will go down soon. The clouds are covering the sky leaving small patches of blue. The temp is about 72 degrees F. (22 C) No rain today -which is nice
The parking lot for part of the four building complex here in Brasilia is almost full. Normally, it would be empty. I’m unsure when the lockdown will be lifted. For now, the population here in Brazil is still accepting it – but the rumblings of discontent are beginning to grow. How much longer will the country be able to survive without working?
I am unsure of anything right now: except that I can trust God.
Memories of His faithfulness are pouring into my mind, along with the important principles He taught me.
I remember World War 2 – 1941-1945 which tells you some about my age? 😊
Because we lived in the state of Washington, close to the Pacific Ocean, the Japanese theater of war was VERY real to me.
The conversations and concern, when someone found a torpedo from a Japanese submarine on the sands of the coastline. Air raid drills at our school caused students to have nightmares. Maps hung in front of the blackboard showing Europe (the horrors of St Petersburg- Russia, and the Bataan Death March –Pacific Ocean – plus so many other places,) The teachers had us following the war without TV. The evening news on the radio glued the population to the words spoken.
The only times we saw footage of what was happening was when we went to a movie (seldom!) and saw the newsreels –
it is amazing to me how much I remember.
Uncertainty. Rationing. Families planting “Victory Gardens” so they could have more food No butter (margarine was invented. It was white and we had to mix the small package of coloring into it so it looked edible.)
Friends and loved ones not coming back from the war. Our lives were totally changed. But God was still there.
1987 – Another time when I was walking in uncertainty.
When our children discovered that their dad had another family none of us knew. He was the father of two more children. Their mother was someone I’d helped for many years. No bombs, but the death of our family as upheavals and truth battered on our doors. Moving back to the states. Walking in the fear of the unknown. Three years of nightmares and learning more of God’s faithfulness.
The Holy Spirit taught me so much that totally changed my life concepts.
Forgiveness. Blessing. Thankfulness. Learning that God was still with me, even in the USA. My husband abandoned us, but God didn’t!
It is different today – but the uncertainty and fear once again walk through the nations.
For most of us, there are no bombs. But there IS death – unexpected; leaving each person aware that we do not have control over our lives.
If we were honest, did we ever have control over our lives?
No – but we liked to think we did.
As I stand on the small verandah looking at the rooftops of Brasilia, I sense an invisible blanket over everything. The streets are quiet. The noise of children playing is almost non-existent. I arrived here only months before they started locking it down two months ago.
Now we don’t turn on the radios: but depend upon TV and our smart phones to keep us informed.
Thus far, we have limited rationing. Most of the basics are available. But there is a definite rationing of hugs and kisses. And it is creating a vacuum in all of our lives. It’s interesting how important the physical touch is. There is also a fear: will the nation be able to escapee an economic crash?
The people are praying: on the streets, in their cars and homes. Waiting for God’s answer.
Much of what is happening here is also happening in the US – and other countries. However I am mostly conscious of Brazil and the EUA.
Many things hit you and I, emotionally and physically. People are fighting fatigue, fear, lack of peace – and the list continues. But it isn’t for us to feel guilty about these emotions; rather, we are to face them, accept them, then take them to God, requesting His help and guidance as we learn how to walk through the challenges.
Look at what Paul wrote. Can we apply it to what we are walking through now?
2nd Corintians 1:8-11
8 Brothers and sisters, you need to know about the severe trials we experienced while we were in western Turkey. All of the hardships we passed through crushed us beyond our ability to endure, and we were so completely overwhelmed that we were about to give up entirely. It felt like wehad a death sentence written upon our hearts, and we still feel it to this day. It has taught us to lose all faith in ourselves and to place all of our trust in the God who raises the dead. 10 He has rescued us from terrifying encounters with death. And now we fasten our hopes on him to continue to deliver us from death yet again, 11 as you labor together with us through prayer
Because there are so many interceding for us, our deliverance will cause even more people to give thanks to God. What a gracious gift of mercy surrounds us because of your prayers!
Will you and I discover the same faith that Paul had, locking our hopes on Him as we walk through the unknown, holding onto God’s hand (Isa 41:11-13) and knowing the truth of God’s promises.(Romans 8:28) ???