But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 1 Thessalonians 5:4
During the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793, Dr. Benjamin Rush refused to leave the city, feeling God had placed him there for such a time. He told his medical students, “As for myself, I am determined to remain. I may fall a victim to the epidemic, and so may you, gentlemen. But I prefer since I am placed here by Divine Providence, to fall in performing my duty… then to secure my life by fleeing from the post of duty allotted in the Providence of God.”
Rush survived the plague and left us a lasting lesson. The safest place is always the center of God’s will. Plagues and pandemics come and go. Violence rises and falls. Evil goes from bad to worse. But when we are in the daily course of divine duty, we are shielded by our God—safe and secure from all alarm. The worst thing that can happen to us is the best thing—the Lord will take us to heaven. So don’t live in fear today. Follow the footsteps of the Savior.
Going through trials doesn’t mean I am outside of God’s will, but rather that He is with me, guiding me through them. Aline Mello