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What He Says
“Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.”
My friend Paula told me this story about her uncle, known in her extended family as “Crazy Uncle,” until, that is, after his wife died.
His wife, Paula says, could slay you in short order with her caustic tongue, and she left no relative untouched.
While Aunty aimed her verbal barbs at whomever was present, Crazy Uncle usually sat silently, absorbed in his own world. He rarely interacted with anyone. After her passing, however, he seemed to recover from his odd behavior. He visited relatives more and engaged in quite normal conversations. “Well, hello Paula,” he would now say when greeting her. “It’s so nice to see you!”
A dramatic change.
Paula’s no-longer-crazy uncle’s transformation after Aunty’s death left some family members wondering if his wife’s constant criticisms and put-downs had something to do with his previous condition…
Psalm 91:3 deals with salvation from “fowlers” (entrappers, entanglers) and “pestilences” (plagues) which come in all genres including what we now know as verbal abuse, such as the behavior Paula’s aunt engaged in. And this type of abuse, therapists tell us, is often more difficult to overcome because though “verbal bruises” are unseen, they still wreak considerable havoc–on the mind, emotions, soul, and spirit.
I do not know where Paula’s uncle got the strength to overcome the effects of his wife’s demeaning tirades, whether it was his faith in God or simply due to a life now free of a critical spirit.
But I do know that whatever plagues us, be it physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual in nature, and however much it might increase in the days ahead, we needn’t be downcast. For we have God’s reassurance, as noted in the verse above, that “he will save…” for, He says elsewhere–and directly to each of us–, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3).
And what He says overrides the accuser–for eternity.
Listen to Him.
Regain your strength.
And let the healing begin.
Share your own story of deliverance and restoration.
- Psalm 91 in the Midst of the Fray: Preface, Verses 1-2, and Share Your Story (pnissila.wordpress.com)