My Dad called me on Saturday- from Chengdu, China. He has been traveling all over China for over a week now. When I saw the news this afternoon, my heart jumped. I called my mother immediately who still hadn't heard from my father. It was Tuesday morning there at the time, and she still hadn't heard from him.
My first immediate thought was to think the worst considering so many people have already died. He even mentioned that he was going to the Panda Game Park on Sunday, the one that was on the news because it has been out of contact.
I will honestly admit that for a brief moment, a feeling of fear welled up in my heart. But then I thought about the Lord. I know that with a lot of tragic circumstances that have happened in my life, the Lord has often given me dreams of the person and woken me out of sleep to pray for them.
Then the thought came to me, "Lord, how come I did not think of my father before this?" I think I know the reason why...
Because my father is alright. I sent him a quick email and he wrote me back. He left Chengdu 18 hours before the earthquake. Whew! But let me tell, China felt alot closer to me today than it has in years because my Daddy is still there.
It is interesting to me...we feel like tomorrow is promised, but the Bible actually says that it's not.
It makes me think of this sweet little song...
"Just a closer walk with thee,
Grant it Jesus is my plea.
Daily walking close to thee,
When I walk help me walk close to thee."
Man, I want to walk closer to the Lord, there is no safer place to be.
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