Friday I will have a battery of tests as part of my regular after-cancer care. These tests will be similar to the ones I had at the beginning of my treatment in August. A sense of dread and fear occasionally washes over when I think about having to go through these tests. However, I know it’s a great thing to be in a time and in a country that has the resources to treat illness so thoroughly. I also realize that if something is found, it will be found early and most likely treatable.
But sometimes my emotions get the better of me and I start thinking. In fact, I start letting my emotions guide my thinking instead of the other way around.
The best advice from my doctors and nurses and the advice that seemed to be given fairly often concerning upcoming tests, procedures, or treatments was ‘Don’t think about it.’
I actually got pretty good at this. Another way to say it is,
‘Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow has enough trouble of its own.’
How to do it…
‘I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.’
‘I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.’
‘The joy of the Lord is my strength.’
‘In everything…make your requests known to God.’
So I can say, along with the Psalmist in Psalms 131, that ‘I have calmed and quieted myself. I am like a weaned child with its mother. Like a weaned child, I am content.’
I imagine that you have something that is weighing on you. We all do. I hope that you find some encouragement here to keep your eyes on the Lord and not on the rough seas that surround you. He is faithful and will see us through to the very end.
So…don’t think about it. Enjoy the day that you have.
Have a great day!