WEAR, WASH, WAIT…Biblically speaking!
I listen most afternoons to the updates on the corona virus. It’s my puzzle time. Inside I move pieces and a clear picture begins to emerge. Outside I listen and realize there is NO clear picture emerging. No matter who is talking- doctor, scientist, local or state government worker-someone, if not several people, say to remember the 3 W’s: wear, wash, wait. You’ve heard this. Wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, wait six feet from another person, all simple ways to prevent what we can’t cure or prevent YET. I often feel like I don’t know whom to trust. THEN, I go to the Bible where I can be with the one I CAN always trust. One day I began to search for verses about the three W’s. The Bible has lots! We are to put on (wear) the armor of God. Ephesians says that we are in a spiritual battle and need spiritual armor. We ask God to forgive us, to wash away our sins. Psalm 51 is David’s prayer to be forgiven for his sin. “Give me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Repeatedly we’re told to wait on the Lord. Isaiah 40 says, “Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength so they mount up with wings as eagles”. Eagles soar because of the wind holding them up. For us, the wind is the Holy Spirit. WEAR, WASH, WAIT as applied to the outside situation can bring me down, but WEAR, WASH, and WAIT in the Word of God can lift me up! I’ve chosen 31 verses for the month of August. Read one a day. Then mediate on it. Mediate on the goodness of the Lord. Praise Him! Pray for those who are battling COVID-19, for medical persons, for researchers, for grieving families. Pray to a God of love who hurts when we hurt, who has all ability to help, who never leaves us. Pray to draw near to Him where you will find and receive His love and peace. Blessings to all. May we be together soon!
Bobbie Denny, spiritual lay leader