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Keller: Trust in God during difficult situations

Since Monday, March 16, President Trump asked the people, in response to what medical professionals suggested, to begin a 15-day self-imposed isolation with as little contact with others as possible. He added, that if we are to defeat the enemy (the coronavirus epidemic), we have to come together as a united front and discipline ourselves to protect our family and others.

As much as I like to go out and mingle, I wasn’t too excited about the challenge. I would like to believe that I was smart enough to accept the challenge and stay home. The bottom line is that my wife Jeanne and my children made the decision for me. I thought now, after that, then what? I admit that I was miserable the first three days, but then remembered a prayer I learned in a 12-step program – The Serenity Prayer.

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

As I write this, it’s day eight of the 15 days. After the 15 days, we will know the effect, if any, it has had on slowing down the virus.

In the meantime, Louisiana is under a Stay at Home order through April 12, 2020.

As a Christian, I sometimes forget what I believe. In Proverbs 3:5, 6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Trust in God is easy to say, but when we face situations like this, it’s tough. I was then reminded of a verse that Christians love. Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Christians love this verse because it says that everything – the good and the bad – will be used by God for a good purpose.

I firmly believe that America will get over this crisis and that we will be better people for it. I sincerely believe that it will be sooner than most people think.

If you have any questions, or comments, please write to Harold Keller at Get High on Life, P.O. Drawer U, Reserve, LA 70084 or call (985) 652-8477.