I had the obligatory baseline mammogram earlier this month. I am still waiting for the results. It involved getting some records from my last mammo so I have to wait a little longer than usual. The waiting is hard, even though I have no reason to suspect bad news.
If we women are honest, fear plays with our emotions when we saddle up to that big machine. We worry the next suspicious mammogram the radiologist views will be ours. Even as we do our monthly self-exams, the thought isn’t far from our mind, especially during Pinktober when stories of breast cancer pop up daily.
Fear is a sneaky thing. It tickles the edges of our reality, trying to pull us into the “what if’s.”
What if they find something on the mammogram? How will I face the future?
What if we die in a car crash on the way to dinner? How will our kids face the future?
What if our house burns down while we sleep? Will my kids know how to get out?
Welcome to my crazy. But, honestly, some of those thoughts have crossed your mind, too, right? (Please say “yes.” I need some affirmation that I am not completely, hopelessly, and morbidly nuts.)
For today’s #FridayFive, I am meeting my fears on the edge of my reality. I am fighting fear with Truth. Truth is the best weapon to wield against fear.
Fighting Fear with Truth
I am a child of God.
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I’m no longer a slave to fear; I am a child of God. These words, sung by Bethel Music’s Jonathan David Helser, give us a foundation of truth to fight our fear (see also Isaiah 43:1-4). You would go the lengths of the earth to protect your child. You would work around the clock to provide for your children. Our Father loves us, His children, more than we can love our own children. When fear threatens, I go back to this truth: I am a child of God.
God intends it all for good.
This bit of truth from the story of Joseph (Genesis 50:20) works against fear. Joseph’s worst fears came to life. Thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, wrongly accused, jailed. Every action intended to harm Joseph, God used for good. Should my worst fears come to fruition, the goodness of God still prevails. His purposes will not be thwarted because of a diagnosis, a death, or a bad deal. God intends it all for good.
The flame will not consume me.
When you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you (Isaiah 43:2). Watch the news for 4 minutes, and you discover life gets bad sometimes. I might have to walk through the belly of the furnace, but I will not be overtaken by the flames. Just as Jesus walked with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, He will walk with me through the flames, sustaining me with His presence (Daniel 3:25). The flames will not consume me.
I am never in the dark.
Psalm 139 is saturated with confidence in God’s presence. “Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day” (Ps 139:12). When the darkness of night threatens to consume me, I can be sure God sees clearly as if were noonday. I don’t have to be able to see to navigate my way through; I only have to cling to the One who can see clearly. Then I am never in the dark.
To die is gain.
I once had a patient who had been in a car accident. She had multiple broken bones. She was in an emotional pit, crying and hopeless. I tried to cheer her up with a sunny, “It can’t get much worse.” She looked at me with dark, serious eyes, “You’d be surprised.” When the fear of suffering threatens us, consider: what is the worse that could happen? Death? Paul assures us in Philippians 1:21, “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” While it seems it can’t get much worse than death, the truth for the believer is, to die is gain.
I am not currently in a pit. I don’t have a diagnosis hanging over my head. I am not suffering the loss of someone I love. I am fully aware that these five truths won’t fix every deep hurt. I can offer this: turning to scripture in difficult times is the only way I know to fight fear with truth.
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