The Perils of Pauline

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In the early part of the 20th century there was a 12-part serial cliffhanger that was played in movie theaters.  The main character, Pauline, would go from disaster to disaster leaving the moviegoer wondering how she would get out of her current dilemma.

Sometimes my family's life feels rather like "The Perils of Pauline."

This morning my husband is at the ER after having had chest pains for several hours.  

Last night, after my first physical therapy evaluation and set of home exercises, I had a bout of irregular heartbeats that kept me from sleeping.  Lack of sleep and stress tend to set me up for these occasions. While in the midst of those, my fear level rises and I get concerned with "what will happen next?"

Now, with my husband at the ER and all the juggling we had to do to get him there, I'm doing my best to stay calm and keep things working here at home with my 95-year-old mom, my two kids, any my son's 11-month-old son.

Just a tad bit of stress.

I decided to do my Scripture reading and memory verse review.  Today's review verse was so appropriate.

"For I know the plans that I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope."  Jeremiah 29:11

As our family seemingly bounces from one crisis to the next, it is such a relief to read those words.  Sometimes it feels as if life just uses us as a target for random events.  When I start feeling that way, I know I had best ground myself in God.

And when I sought to do that, I realized God was already waiting for me with the words I needed.

Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite verses.  How often I need to be assured that these are not random events - that God is ultimately in control.  And not only in control, but giving me - us - a future and a hope.

I pray, dear reader, that you can rest assured that God is working behind the scenes to bring you a future and hope.  You may living the life of Pauline as we are.  You may never know what will happen next.

What you can know is that whatever does  happens next will be something that will ultimately accomplish God's end design of bringing us to that future and hope in Him.

Father God, it is so easy to doubt and worry and fret when challenges face us.  Whether it be the largest challenge of our life, or day-to-day misadventures, help us to realize that you are the one who will get us through.  Amen and amen.

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