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I love to be in control. Organizing and getting things done have helped me graduate from college with honors and have success in my career. Recently I learned that these qualities could not help me when my life was turned upside down by my husband’s corporate relocation. What I thought would be an exciting new adventure turned into a season of uncertainty. Thankfully, God revealed himself to me in such a powerful way during this time that I am forever changed as a result.
Last May I got sick and found myself in the Emergency Room with “dehydration.” A few days later, after another trip to the doctor, I was diagnosed with anxiety. This diagnosis was shocking to me. I was a Pastor and trusted the Lord with my life. How could I have anxiety?! I thought I was trusting God with the move but in reality, I was relying on myself to take care of everything. My plan was going smoothly until our house didn’t sell before we had to move.
After several months of constant worry and self reliance, God gave me a verse through a Bible study I was taking. The promise in this verse changed my life. I have memorized it and said it over and over as His promise to me when I get anxious. “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust you, all who thoughts are fixed on you.” Isaiah 26:3 NLT Some days I would say this verse to myself 20 times. I wrote it on an index card and carried it in my pocket to remind me of this great truth from my Heavenly Father.
Things have gotten much better with my anxiety. Our house is still for sale in Colorado, and there is still a lot of uncertainty in my life. But through this trial I have learned in a new way that God’s promises are so much bigger than my circumstances.
Each of us will have seasons of uncertainly and trials in this life but we can have peace regardless of what is going on around us. “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. That is God’s promise to us!
Submitted by Betsy Falvey