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.
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.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
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.
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.
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.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
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?