Affirmation: Because of my faith in Jesus Christ, I let go of fear and anxiety and fully trust in His loving care for me.
On February 22, 2011 a group of four Americans were captured and killed off the coast of Somali. They were sailing around the world since December 2004, on the yacht of Jean and Scott Adams. The Quest was their home, this couple from California. The two other Americans on board were Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle, Washington. When I first heard about Jean and Scott, they had been captured by pirates and were being held hostage. They were then surrounded by the US navy and other helping vessels but, before they could be rescued, they were shot dead.
I was so inspired by their adventurous spirit when the story of their mission came to light. I know there must be many people who have the same spirit and I just haven’t heard about all of them. But, Jean and Scott were in their 70s and they were sailing to remote parts of the world to share the word of God. Yes, I know a lot of people are missionaries and I am usually in awe of anyone who lives a life so far out of most people’s comfort zone. But, they were not what I consider young and here they were so far from their support systems. What would they have done if they got sick, or injured, or needed a dentist or as a friend commented to me, "if Jean needed a massage, or a facial?" Obviously, their mindset was very different than most people.
But, if they died doing God’s work, as have so many martyrs, why should I believe that Jesus will take care of me? I believe it because I want to believe it. That’s what most of my affirmations revolve around, what I want to believe. And yet, this event has shaken me. I can’t seem to rectify a loving caring God with the horror that these people must have experienced in their last hours. Yes, a loving caring God. I know this question has been asked and examined many times around topics even more horrendous than what Jean and Scott endured. Topics like: war, famine, child abuse, cancer and other life threatening or debilitating diseases. Perhaps, it’s not what happens to us, no matter how difficult; perhaps it’s how we perceive what happens to us? Perhaps if we practice trusting God, we can go to our death with dignity and grace regardless of the circumstances, knowing that this life is temporary and because of our faith, because of my faith in Jesus Christ, I will share in the glory of heaven. My faith and trust in Him, will secure me life everlasting, with Him and all the Saints and Angels. Boy, I hope so.