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Read this While You're Waiting for Test Results | helloHOPE Resource

We’ve had a lot of tests along our experience with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and, well, life in general. It had been a little while since we’ve had to get blood work done, but last week we had a fair amount of blood drawn from our youngest for a variety of tests. Mentally, I had prepared for the event of having the blood drawn, but it caught me off guard how quickly anxiety crept into my mind about the actual results of the test — that we had to wait for. The irony is, I just wrote a post on how to help an anxious child at the doctor’s office. Now I was the one needing to deal with the what-ifs and unknown of what the tests would or wouldn’t show. 

We hear advice about not worrying and taking things “one-step-at-a-time,” and I actually found myself saying some of those exact things to myself last Friday. In fact, all weekend my thoughts wandered between “I wonder what the results will be” and “just don’t worry — there’s nothing that can be done about it right now.”

It’s good to coach our thoughts in a healthy direction away from worry, but what do you think about in place of the unknowns? Here are some profound truths, encouragement, and promises that you can think about if you find yourself in a place of waiting.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

While this is a commonly-referenced verse, the promise that God knows our path and that His wisdom is higher than my own is a big comfort.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Colossians 3:15

There is something powerful about finding things to be thankful for in our prayers to the Lord for answers. Thankfulness, paired with our honest requests, brings an important level of perspective and peace. That peace is like a shield protecting your mind and heart from being overrun by fear.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:6-8

These verses reminds me of the simple truth that Jesus loves me — and you — when worry starts to creep in. Satan would like nothing more than for us to listen to worries and what-ifs, but he has been defeated! 🙂

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27

There’s something comforting about knowing that the peace that Jesus offers is unlike anything else in our broken world. Illness is such a sharp reminder of our brokenness, and His nature, character, and strength are a welcome comfort.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Psalm 56:3

When you’ve meditated on these truths, there are still times when we have to remind ourselves that — even though our circumstances can change — God and His presence and character do not.

Whether you’re waiting for test results, waiting for a diagnosis, or or just unsure of what’s ahead in your journey, I hope these truths and promises are an encouragement to your heart and a shield to protect your mind from worry.

 

If you’re looking for a resource to help you process and pray through your experiences — from the good days to the bad days and the journey in between — check out our prayer guide for families facing medical challenges.

 

 

 

Spread Hope (In the comments):

What are some truths that have encouraged you during waiting times when you felt anxious or worried?

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  • Wayne
    Reply

    Thank you. I read this as I wait in the doctor’s office for my blood test results from the doctor. I am grateful for these verses. They do calm me down.

    • Andrew Thomas
      Reply

      We’re so glad this was a help, Wayne!

  • Jermaine
    Reply

    I know God and I trust Him and I challenge myself to not be afraid …. I have become the head of household as my husband had debilitating stroke which left him with left-sided weakness. In spite, despite we are blessed. I know it is God’s will for my life to bear this burden through love it’s not me that bears the concern but for others… I thank you for your prayers of comfort as I await a result.

  • Pat
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    I am fearful. I am anxious. I have no one to confide in because I don’t want to bother or worry my family and friends. I am so alone and scared to go to the Doctor. I know my life is in His hands and want trust, hope and healing in my life. I can do this alone with God by my side.

    • Tony
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      Pat, on May 9th I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. I have gone through two surgeries and 6 weeks of chemo. Tomorrow the doctor will check to see if the cancer has returned. My biggest fear is having to break my loved ones heart if the results are not favorable. I am constantly turning my anxieties over to God and praying for peace no matter the outcome. I pray my loved ones will find the same peace that I pray for. Pat I pray you will find that same peace and with it the courage God gives us to rejoice in each day.
      Tell someone Pat❤

    • Lin Maynard
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      Pat, I do not know your circumstances but I believe the Lord comforts us through His other children because why would He make us a Body…a Family? For myself and I know countless others, having 1 or 2 people I can trust to share my anxiety and fears with, actually makes me feel less fearful and anxious…In turn I know that I am there in the same way when they need me. Will they feel that you are bothering them…I would guess probably not…would they worry about you…well if they are family or friends they will be concerned of course. I know my husband and I had close family members who did not want us to worry or did not want to bother us…that actually hurt us to think they went through all of that alone…we would have been there gladly, as they tried to do it alone…how sad. I pray the Lord will point out 1 or 2 people you can ask.It takes courage but the Lord will help you.

  • Nancy Hernandez
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    I am in the Drs office right now waiting on results from thyroid blood tests that I was called back for. I was very shaken but I am reading them over and over and know that I am a child of God, thank you, it is very comforting

  • Darcell
    Reply

    Me and my husband had appointments for a check up but I was to scared to go so only he went and this is my second time reading these I feel a little bit better now thank you God for coming into my heart this morning and removing all the worries I know everything will turn out okay because of you Lord ! I love you father 👼

  • Sandy Harris
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    My daughter-in-law was recently diagnosed with colorectal cancer. She is only 45 and has 2 young daughters. Tomorrow we go to see the doctor to find out what stage it is. I am a Christian who truly loves my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and I know He’s still in the miracle making business, but I must admit that I’m very concerned about my daughter. I love her so much and I love my granddaughters and my son. I want to thank you all for your words of encouragement because I have been feeling anxious and your comments have really helped me. Please pray for good results for her tomorrow and that God will give her peace and strength to get through this very difficult journey.
    Thank you all very much and may God bless you!🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • Anna Mione-Thomas
    Reply

    Hi I am going in for some CT scan results on Monday . Dr rang and said there were ‘significant findings’. I am so scared and worried . I have had leg and back pain for awhile now . Thank you 😊

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