I don’t pretend to understand God’s plans but I love and trust Him…except when I allow myself to worry. It’s when I take my focus off of God and focus on the problem that I feel overwhelmed and hopeless and afraid. It’s when I lean solely on family and friends or secular things to solve my problems that these feelings grow.
Please don’t misunderstand: I am extremely thankful for the support of my family and friends but they cannot solve my problems. They can listen, pray and offer advice but ultimately they have their own lives to handle and it can sometimes be overwhelming for others to help carry the burden.
God can handle anything I throw His way and He has no limit. He is never overwhelmed by what I am feeling or distracted by other issues. My God is all powerful and longs for me to come to Him with my problems. He longs to hear from me and wants me to hear from Him. As I am struggling to understand what is going on with my family member’s health, I found myself vacillating between tears and panic as I imagined every single possible scenario but when I turned to His Word through the promises and the verses people shared with me for comfort, I felt His peace.
He is available to talk to 24/7/365. He’s always there when I need Him and I never get on His nerves or drive Him mad with my fear or what if situations. He just calmly redirects me to trust in Him and to find my refuge in Him.
I was afraid of the “what if” scenarios. I was afraid of what this would mean and how it would change things. I was afraid of not flying home for fear that something would happen. I was afraid until I looked up and focused on God. I think the most appropriate verse for this is found in Joshua 1:9
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
It’s when I look at God that I notice the things I should be thanking Him for. Things could be much worse, but He is a good and kind God.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
With that in mind, I want to focus on all the things I have to thank God for in this situation:
- I am thankful the person wasn’t alone and was immediately taken to the hospital.
- I am thankful for good doctors, nurses and other medical professionals.
- I am thankful for technology that allows me to get updates immediately.
- I am thankful for having an amazing support group of family and friends.
- I am thankful for the promises God has given me through His Word.
- I am thankful for the comforting verses some of you shared with me.
- I am thankful for an understanding Director.
- I am thankful for prayer and all of the prayer warriors I have in my life.
- I am thankful for the positive signs and news the doctor has shared.
- I am thankful for being able to go directly to the Lord with my worries.
- I am thankful that I have family coming to visit in just a few days.
- I’m thankful for my brother, M, who has handled my 25,000 messages 🙂
- I’m thankful for my brother, T, who supports and helps where needed.
- I am thankful for the faith He has given me.
The days ahead will have their challenges as I am sure everyone reading this can attest to but do not be afraid because God is already there. What do you do when you feel overwhelmed with fear? Are you good about turning to God or does it sometimes take awhile to turn to Him?