I Won't Be Shaken

I flipped the calendar early this morning and felt sadness instead of a welcoming joy to the new month that just arrived. I had gotten a copy of the new schedule for June and realized that our supervisor would be on vacation for both the weekends that I had scheduled myself to work.

“See you next time,” she smiled as she asked me at the same time why there seemed to be a little bit of worry glowing from my face that morning we said our “goodbyes.”

“Not a big deal…Enjoy your vacation,” I replied as she insisted why I seemed to be worried when she knew me as always being calm even when I had faced such a difficult time at our workplace.

“Sorry…I’m happy that you are taking a vacation but not as excited knowing how some will abuse your absence to do what they want to do…”

She grew silent. Her smile disappeared. I thought I saw her swallow whatever “lump” formed in her throat. She agreed. She knew the truth to what I said as she had just gotten upset recently about a particular new worker she heard was already becoming lazy, few nights she wasn’t working and talked to her right away as soon as she came back to work.

“There is a saying, Rcubes…. ‘When the cat is away, the mouse will play…”

“I’ll find out when I come back…”

“Nurse R…Forget work, okay? Enjoy your time with your family,” I ended our conversation as we separated in the staff’s parking lot to locate where we both parked our cars.

I still felt the heavy heart as I started my engine. Grasping for my cell phone, I texted my husband and son that I would be on my way home. The heaviness bringing back to what must the disciples felt as they prepared for Jesus’ departure. Away from them. Jesus knew their heavy hearts. And right away comforted them:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” – John 14:1-4 (NIV)

The heaviness slowly disappeared. As truth flowed and was being fed into my mind and heart. The supervisor’s absence was only temporary. How much more with Jesus’?. She would find out what would happen and if there was any wrong doing, she would be quick to address those issues as everyone knew how she dealt with problems among her night crew. And Jesus? He is coming back…He said that…

His Truth permeating by then to my spirit. In His absence at the present time and as the “unquiet turmoil” increases each day, my heart will continue to trust in Him alone. Knowing that by trusting and believing in Him is the only way to calm down and relieve me of my sorrows during these difficult times. I know… “I won’t be shaken no matter what comes my way knowing Jesus spoke of Truth…That He is the only Way, the Truth and the Life… And that no one can go to the Father but by Him.” My faith in the ever-faithful God is the “9-1-1” I can call at times of distress.  No! I won’t be moved!!! My heart leaping with joy at that moment.

 “Because if God is for us, who can be against us?”

Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. – Psalm 62:6 (NIV)

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]

Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.

Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.

All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.

When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.

The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.

When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

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We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.

“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14

Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].

Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.

Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.

Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].