When I am Afraid

“When I am afraid, I will trust in You,” Psalms 56:3

I remember a couple of years ago, I was having major stomach issues… I couldn’t eat, there was constant pain, lots of ulcers. In fact, my stomach was in such bad shape that the doctor actually said it was a “breeding ground for cancer.” A few months later, my stomach had only gotten worse and was not healing, so the doctor scheduled a biopsy, which he seemed very worried about.

As I was driving home from the doctor’s office, the realization of the possibility of having cancer began to grip me tightly and I felt I could barely breathe. “Had I waited too long? What will I do? How will I afford treatment? How will I take care of myself?” A whirlwind of questions began to blow through my mind and I became so very afraid.

Tears streamed down my face and blurred my vision, so I had no choice but to pull the car over on the side of the road. I began to pray…..”Oh Lord, it’s not that I’m lacking faith because I know you are a healer. You are the great physician, but Father God, I am so afraid. I am just so afraid. I don’t know what to do, Lord.”

I ended my prayer and began to quickly pull myself together again, because I still had quite a drive home ahead of me. As I cleared the tears from my eyes, I looked around to find myself in front of an old country church and I gasped when I read what was on the sign in front by the road. The sign read, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you, Lord.” I knew then that God was in control. He was not only letting me know it was okay to be afraid, He said to trust Him….and that I did. I knew at that moment that no matter what the outcome, I could get through it because He was with me, giving me comfort and strength.

Dear Heavenly Father, I want to thank you for your comfort and for your love. The peace that you so generously give to your children is such a tremendous gift and we are so grateful. In Jesus name, Amen.

Gina Sewell