Duck and Cover

"Let us be alert to the season in which we are living. It is the season of the Blessed Hope, calling for us to cut our ties with the world and build ourselves on this One who will soon appear. He is our hope – a Blessed Hope enabling us to rise above our times and fix our gaze upon Him.” - A.W. Tozer

This week, in 1962, the world came to the brink of nuclear war as Russia and the USA faced off in the Cuban Missile Crisis. That was a frightening time to be a 10-year-old boy.


At school we practiced duck-and-cover drills. When the alarm sounded, we would run to the hallways, find our coats, cover our heads, and sit against the inside walls waiting for the end! I don’t know about anyone else but under my coat, I was praying.


Eventually, we heard the “all clear” signal and returned to our classrooms. Thankfully, the threat never became reality. But having a plan provides comfort just in case the worst possible scenario actually occurred.


Peter describes a similar plan for Christians. He said, “The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.” (I Peter 4:7)


We will all face the end of all things at some point; accidents, disease, conflict, or disasters will eventually come our way. We can react wildly with brash, reckless actions, or we can have a clear minded, self-controlled plan. Peter’s plan leads to the one true Source of hope, comfort, and strength: God Himself, through prayer.


Dan Bolin

President

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