To quote a cute Christian musical my grandkids enjoyed, once upon a time, "Oh me, oh my, oh Nehemiah!" We have the influenza going around our Sandwich Generation family! And since our extended family is spread out from coast to coast, I always find it interesting to see how fast these bugs can move! We'll get it here, then another family member will mention it's going around there, and the third will share it's just arriving at her workplace! Oyyyyy. Needless to say, we're doing a lot of praying right now! For health, for healing, and for others to stay healthy. AND for strength and encouragement for those of us caring for elderly parents, wee grandkids, and everyone in between.
Of course, when illness hits – whether the flu, a surgery, or any other healthy crises, time is short, and prayers get shorter. That's why i love the encouraging and comforting Bible verses in Matthew 14:28-33 about Peter:
"Peter said to Him, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." And He said, "Come !" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt ?" When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, "You are certainly God's Son!"
Yes, Peter definitely needed to work on that doubt issue. Then again, isn't that often true for us as well? We KNOW He is God, we KNOW He will care for us, we KNOW He is in control, and yet, how often do we let the Sandwich Generation issues of life – or just life in general – cloud our eyes? What a joy, though, to know we can join Peter in crying out,
"Lord, save me!"
And yes, He will work on our doubt issues. And YES, He will save us – in His perfect timing! And yes, that's one of those mighty and short simple Scripture prayers that are perfect for crises when we just don't have much time! And yes, all of that is such a blessing to this Sandwich Generation granny nanny! How about you? 🙂