Ebola, Chikungunya or Dengue


Luke 21:11 “There will be earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.”

The one who said that was non other than Jesus himself.  He was talking about these days.  Is there any doubt about it?  Dengue and chikungunya are illnesses that are caused by mosquitoes.  I had dengue when I was a kid; fortunately I haven’t had chikungunya.  But people who are very close to me have had it and it’s not pretty.

These two illnesses (chikungunya and dengue) have caused a lot of suffering these days, at least here in Puerto Rico.  I know that in other Latin American countries they are suffering the devastating effects from these pestilences too.  Fortunately ebola hasn’t arrived here and I pray it never does.

Because ebola, seems to be the worst.  This morning I read the news that there is another person infected in Texas, what’s so worrisome about this pestilence is how highly contagious it is.  You can even get it if you have contact with the sick person’s sweat.

There are so many questions about these illnesses.  Are they caused by man?  Are they evolutions of nature?  Were they caused by chemical weapons?  We still don’t know.  There are people who joke about this questioning that ‘why are we gonna get worried? nobody escapes alive from this life anyway”.  That’s maybe true; but, how would you feel if one of your loved ones is sick by an incurable plague?

Is there anywhere to go?  Can we escape from this?  I am particularly concerned because my plans are to move to Texas for next year plus I also have many relatives living there.  But today, the Bible put my worries at ease.

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.  He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:7-8

I don’t have to say that the tree, water, roots, stream, heat, leaves, drought and fruit are all symbolism’s.  The man is the tree, the water is the Spirit of God, the heat are the tribulations or pestilences, the leaves are the works of man.  The drought symbolizes scarceness and the fruits are the fruits of the Spirit living inside of us.

We have nothing to fear.  Nothing will separate us from the love of God.  Let your hand be guided by the One who still has everything under control.  He is still Sovereign over us.

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