The title of this week’s blog is taken from an Old Testament bible verse found in the Book of Joel 2:1 which reads: “Blow the trumpet (Shofar) in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand—” (NIV)
During the past week, the Lord gave me four opportunities to ‘blow the trumpet’ FOR Zion.
But first, it is necessary for me to explain how the Holy Spirit instructs me to interpret God’s word. He (the Holy Spirit) always encourages me to make scripture applicable to my everyday life. Yes, I realize that many references in scripture, especially the Old Testament, are historical and render background information on what was happening in the lives of nations where God’s prophets lived and traveled and were inspired by God to become sages or recorders of His word.
BUT, as for me, I believe I am called by God to equate His written word to events I personally experience in my everyday life and to blog about them on Conversations With God Using Scripture. So, please allow me to share the four consecutive events that happened to me all in one evening as I sat quietly at a table in the lobby of my beautiful apartment building, working a puzzle and adhering to ‘social distancing’ (due to Covid-19) from my neighbors.
Approached by visiting neighbor No. 1, who said:
“You know, I had the worst headache the other night. It awoke me and I thought someone had taken a sludge hammer and hit me in the back of my head. It hurt so bad, I asked God to just kill me.” “Did you take an aspirin,” I asked. “I couldn’t. My regular doctor said not to mix any other head ache medicines with my current meds. But the next day I called a friend and she recommended another doctor and that doctor gave me a few pills and said to take just one the next night and I would sleep like a baby. And guest what, it worked.” “I thought you told me you knew God. God is the giver of life and not death. You should have prayed for Him to provide some kind of relief. Instead you depended on a mere mortal to subscribe relief that could have done more harm than good. Before using another one of those pills, I hope you advise your regular doctor of what you have done. And further more, I urge you to in addition to ‘knowing about God’, to form a closer relationship with him and turn to His Son, Jesus Christ, to lead and guide you out of troubling times. During this Covid-19 crises, we should put our trust in Him.