Settling Down

Read: “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG)

Reflect: Just over one year ago, our son was diagnosed with lymphoma. This came as a complete shock, as there is no history of cancer on either side of our family. Our world was suddenly and unexpectedly rocked to the core. Anxiety filled my body and fear dominated my thoughts. My fretful prayers became wordless moans as I tried to process all this would mean.

As I became unable to manage my apprehensions on my own, I sought help from a local Christian counselor, who listened to my story and then prayed for me. In that safe environment, I felt God fill my body and mind with the peace of his presence and the promise that he would never leave me or forsake me. Although there were no guarantees of the outcomes of this unexpected journey, I felt confident that I could face the future one step at a time, and that is what I did.

The following months were filled with more tests, which turned into repeated rounds of chemotherapy, which was followed by all the pain, weakness and nausea this treatment brings. Texts, emails, cards and meals arrived from friends and family members, bringing us comfort and hope.

We are among the lucky ones. Our son is now cancer free. What I learned in this season is that prayer helped me connect to God’s power, which sustained us in our darkest hour and gave us strength when we felt the weakest.

React: Is fear or anxiety stealing your peace? Find a friend, pastor or counselor to pray with you, helping you connect to God’s power and peace.

Pray: Jesus, thank you for providing us with your power to face the challenges that come our way in our journey through life. We look to you for strength, courage, calmness and healing today.