May 13, 2020 - Fear
When I woke up this morning, I was pleasantly pleased to receive a message for the day from our Grace UMC ministers, Rev. Sandra Smith. Please read below:
When I woke up this morning, I reflected on a conversation I had yesterday with a friend. She was experiencing recurring sudden episodes of lightheadedness, dizziness, heart palpitations and felt like she would pass out. She was awaiting a call from her doctor but I told her it sounded to me like she was having panic attacks and that I would be interested in her doctor's report.
Our current coronavirus climate and the resulting social restrictions are beyond a little unsettling, for some people. I have learned that subconscious fear and anxiety can cause your body to react even when there is, seemingly, nothing wrong.
I remember a video I viewed a few weeks ago, received through Messenger, of an inspiring testimony. It was recorded by a young man on his job at a hospital.
He spoke of noted fear and tenseness while working on a coronavirus infected patient. One of his colleagues mentioned to him that he did not appear to be nervous, stressed or have any fear of becoming infected, as he worked.
The first part of the young man's response to his colleague was so powerful. It was very thought provoking for any Christian struggling with fear and anxiety during these times.
He answered his colleague, "I trust God. If I cannot trust God to protect me, to shield me from infection, how can I trust Him for the salvation He has promised me?"
My soul rejoiced! What a question!
If we cannot trust God to shield us from the Coronavirus infection, how can we trust God for salvation and life eternal that God has promised us?
We do what we should to protect ourselves but the rest is up to God.
To be afraid is the immediate human response but as believers in Christ, we are not to be consumed by fear. "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV.)
Not a sermon, just a thought!
Rev. Sandra Smith