Vaccine Uncertainties

Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things. Ecclesiastes 11:4-6

With recent measles outbreaks, vaccines are a big topic right now. And they should be. Anytime there is an outbreak of a disease that the medical community claims has been eradicated by vaccines or is deadly to so many, we should examine and reason through the claims to the best of our abilities so we can make informed decisions on the issue before conforming or refusing. But how difficult is that?

Because on one side you have physicians, pharmaceutical companies, and researchers claiming vaccines are perfectly safe with an agenda to get to 95% “herd immunity” to protect the masses; yet on the other side there are stories of vaccine injury and/or death, physicians and researchers claiming herd immunity is not an issue, suspicion that vaccines are a precursor to future diseases, and some vaccinated diseases that do not seem to pose as a significant risk as some would claim.

And don’t forget that money is speaking on both sides. Profits are being made in various ways by various people who are pushing their agendas.

It can be so easy to get caught up in the back and forth and uncertainties of the whole issue. It can also be so easy to get caught up on one side of the debate at the expense of not listening or denying relevant facts of the other side.

But, if we would all just take a step back, we would all have to admit that at the end of the day, every single individual’s outcome is uncertain. Whether we choose to vaccinate or not, we can’t really know for sure the path the wind is going to blow as a result. Just as we can’t fully comprehend the complexity of the formation and differences between each human life, we can not fully know how these injections, or lack there of, will effect these same lives now or even long term.

Does this mean that research and informed decisions are useless? Certainly not! It just means we recognize our limitations on not having perfect knowledge because perfect knowledge belongs to God who made all things.

That’s the conclusion we must find to have peace in the midst of our uncertainties. There are risks in life with whatever choices we make, especially as parents. Our first priority is to always protect our own children and then to look out for the well-being of others. The outcome of so many of these choices are uncertain. In hindsight, we may regret some of these choices, but let’s remind ourselves that there is a powerful God whose activities are so much higher than we could ever fathom no matter how much we try to figure them out; and we can be okay with that because God made certain He gave everyone in this world hope through Christ well before vaccinations even existed. In this way, we can all have the opportunity to live a life of certainty even when everything else seems so uncertain.

Prayer:
My powerful, all-knowing, magnificent Creator; there are so many things in this life that are a mystery, and I know it’s because Your ways are so much higher than I can ever fathom in my human mind. Just when I think I have it all figured out, I am surprised with new discoveries or things change. Thank you that You have given us a world of wonder to expand our minds and discover new advances. Thank you for those who are trying to do their best to fight diseases in the best ways they know how. Thank you for the freedom we have to look at information to make informed decisions in this country. Please let that freedom continue. But most of all, thank you that we all can have peace through Christ. The outcome of so many decisions we make in life will not be certain, but the one that is certain is our commitment to trust You and walk by the Holy Spirit everyday. In this way, I know my outcome will ultimately be eternal life, and I find peace because of it. In Christ, amen.

Truth in love,
Heather

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