Airports, Ebola and God

Posted on October 1, 2014 · Posted in Current Events, Fear of the Lord, Worldview

Airports can be wonderful places.  They help make it possible to travel all over the world. But airports can also be places of danger. People, or more specifically, people with infectious diseases, can travel from one part of the world to another using airports. So what can be a great blessing can also be a great curse. 


In the international airport in Dallas a flyer has brought the ebola virus to America. This morning the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says it is possible that several others could be infected as well. The CDC is also confident that this situation can be contained.


USA Today is reporting that the passenger in question arrived in Dallas from Liberia on September 20th. The passenger then became ill and went to a hospital emergency room on September 26th. He was given antibiotics and sent home. Two days later his symptoms became worse and he was transported to the hospital via ambulance where he was diagnosed with ebola. He was in contact with several children who are now being kept home from school and are being monitored.


What does God have to do with all of this? 


Ebola is a scary disease. It is most likely that the virus can be contained as the CDC is saying. But this event reminds us of just how vulnerable we are. 


There are many things to fear in life; there are many uncertainties. But there is one great truth, one great fact that brings comfort to God’s people. He is always our refuge and strength. He is always there for us, whatever we may face: ebola, terrorism, etc. Whatever we may face, he is our protector!


Encourage your own heart with this wonderful truth. Teach this to your children. Live this out before a watching world. Nothing catches God by surprise. 


God is our refuge and strength,

    an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam

    and the mountains quake with their surging.

Psalm 46:1-3

Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.