Drawing Encouragement from the Bible
We are living in very uncertain times. Nobody knows what tomorrow holds, many people have lost their livelihoods, many have lost their lives, and others don’t have a place to call home. Businesses have gone down, markets are crashing, countries are going into complete lockdown, and there is a lot of anxiety in the world. Is there a solution to what we are going through? The Bible says in Philippians 4:6-7; “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
A few weeks ago an elderly lady and her granddaughter, Sharon, were admitted to CURE Kenya. Sharon was in an accident at her house when she was younger. Her hand, back, and legs were all severely burned. She was taken to hospital where she stayed for a couple of weeks as her wounds were cleaned and treated. When she was healed and discharged to go home, she developed burn contractures on her hands. This meant that she couldn’t use her hands to hold a spoon and feed herself, or even hold on to things as she moved around the house. Her grandma had to help her do everything.
We saw Sharon and her grandma for the very first time at a mobile clinic in their hometown. We don’t have details of how Sharon’s grandma learned about the mobile clinic, but she came and brought her granddaughter hoping that she could be treated. A while later, Sharon’s grandma received a phone call asking her to bring Sharon to CURE Kenya to be treated. She was filled with joy!
Sharon and her grandma made it to CURE Kenya, and Sharon began her healing journey. Sharon’s grandma was always in the ward holding an old book with a green cover. Sometimes she would even fall asleep holding it on her lap. One day, as she was helping Sharon sit up, we found the book wide open on the bed. We were curious, so we asked her what she was reading. “Ninasoma Bibilia (I am reading The Bible),” Sharon’s grandma told us. We took a closer look and discovered it was a Bible translated in her mother tongue. She told us that she doesn’t go anywhere without the Bible because when she is feeling low, the Bible encourages her. When she is feeling alone, the Bible comforts her. Sharon’s grandma is a wonderful example of dedication to reading the Word of God encourages and comforts in times of anxiety and stress.
We were challenged and encouraged by this sweet lady. We were also happy to learn that Sharon is learning to read the Bible by watching her grandmother. It is exciting to know that another generation has been impacted by this very important value. Sharon will make a difference in her generation simply by reading the Bible. Do you read the Bible as much as Sharon’s grandma? Aren’t you inspired to pick up the greatest book ever written and have your life transformed? You too can get solutions for everyday problems or challenges simply by reading the Bible.
“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.” – Romans 15:4.