AKA The Joy of Knowing God is in control
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Statistically there is a lot that could go wrong in my life. While my life expectancy as an Irish female is about 81, my husband is getting close to his life expectancy. The life expectancy of a Malawian man is only 49, which is a huge increase from a few years ago when it was only 39!
Although my life expectancy is high, I apparently am 2 ½ times more likely to commit suicide than Joe Bloggs due to my family history. I also have an increased chance of developing Multiple Sclerosis for the same reasons. (Apparently MS is not genetic but if you have a family history you are more genetically predisposed to getting it)
It is hard to find statistics about mixed race marriages or interracial marriages (not sure which term is politically correct!) but some would have you believe that 75% of mixed race marriages end in divorce. Funnily enough I couldn’t find stats that give an accurate picture of Malawian/Irish marriages based in a third country.
Also as I’m living in South Africa I have hugely increased risks of dying in a car accident.
All in all the statistics are quite scary reading. But one statistic that I came across recently gave me insight into the minds of statistic makers: Nearly all sick people have eaten carrots. Obviously, the effects are cumulative.
- An estimated 99.9% of all people who die from cancer and heart disease have eaten carrots.
- 99.9% of people involved in car crashes ate carrots within 60 days of their accidents.
- 93.1% of juvenile delinquents come from homes where carrots are served regularly.
- Among the people born in 1839 who later ate carrots, there has been a 100% mortality rate.
While statistics can be helpful in letting us make informed choices ultimately our security must be found in God, the one who holds all things in His hands.
Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Let us not worry about what we cannot control and remember that even in the chaos God 100% dependable.
Isaiah 54:10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.