Going through this process is not unusual. We have friends who have consoled and encouraged Laurie as they have had to experience the same thing. It is not a big health crisis in Laurie’s life, but it is inconvenient. It has disrupted the normal patterns of her life and will do so for some time to come. She’s not excited about upcoming holiday feasts where she is faced with the choice of either not eating some of the food because it won’t work with her temporary “tooth” or removing the temporary so she can eat thus displaying her new Mississippi smile.
James wrote “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14). So very true. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow. We have no idea. It could be another routine day that goes according to plan, or it could deliver a shock that will change our lives forever. This raises the question, “where does your security come from?” If it is derived from life remaining placid, going according to plan, then it is less than a mist, it is an illusion. If we are to live in peace our security must be solidly rooted, anchored, if you will, in a rock that cannot be moved. Unfortunately in this world there is no such rock. Everything in this life can and will change, sometimes unexpectedly and sometimes in an instant.
In Psalm 18:2 David wrote, “my God is my rock in whom I take refuge.” God is the one unchanging factor in all that exists. Our peace is founded on the fact that he is there, that he is good, that he loves us, that he directs our steps, that he has a wise plan for events in this world, and that he has provided a certain and unshakeable future for us. Oddly we fallen humans continually to try to base our security in some circumstance, something of this world. That is a trap. If we try to ground our security in anything of this world we set ourselves up for inevitable disappointment and insecurity. But, “the Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my Savior!” (Psalm 18:46).