Our little family has recently recovered from a cold. Everyone can get a cold, but for our little guy, it is far from being just a cold because of his respiratory restriction. He had an especially bad episode where he had trouble breathing. After an emergency application of Albuterol, he recovered and is now doing well.
As we turn on the news and watch the Coronavirus spread around the world, we hoped it would not come to our corner of the world. But it did. So far, it is two cases where the patients are under self-quarantine. One county over, there is another case where the patient did not travel overseas, and he does not know where he contracted the virus.
I’ll admit, watching the news has made me hold my breath and caused anxiety, not because I am worried for myself, but for our son. Keeping him healthy for 14 years has been our number one priority.
So, how can I calm my fears over this situation? We have created a game plan as a family and are implementing it. We are being proactive and praying. And calming my soul? Well, these verses help me to rest and trust.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
It is so easy to be anxious. From worrying about yourself and your family’s health to financial problems and relationship issues, life is full of trials. This verse reminds us to throw our worries at God’s feet by praying and be thankful. Being thankful in the midst of your fear is its own antidote. It’s hard to worry and be thankful at the same time. When we do these things, God shows up and gives us a gift. The gift of peace. I’ve experienced this peace before, and it is supernatural. When your circumstances dictate chaos, but you have peace, it is surreal. Focusing on God, and leaning on these verses, not only calms our hearts but offers us amazing His peace.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
As I watch the news and my fear ramps up, I tend to forget that I am not alone. God is near, encouraging me through these words to not be dismayed. Like a parent reaching down to take a child’s hand and lead the way, God lovingly takes our hand, asking us to trust and rest in Him.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Catching my anxiety the moment I feel my heart rate go up, is vital to nixing this fear gripping emotion. When I realize that I am anxious, this verse reminds me to throw it at His feet. Imagine this emotion in the palm of your closed fisted hand. You open your hand and see it there. Like a baseball, throw it as hard and as far as you can, imagining it landing at God’s feet. Knowing how much God cares for you, deeply and completely, you can rest knowing He will handle it.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
How many fears have I had since becoming a mom of a boy who survived a lethal form of dwarfism? Too many to count. But, as I look back over the last fourteen years, God has answered each one them. Overcoming every fear with answered prayer and several miracles sprinkled in. He truly did deliver me from my fears.
So, as I face this new fear of keeping Samuel safe, I can look back at all the peaks and valley’s and know that God hears and answers.
As the Coronavirus news continues to be broadcast on radio, television, and social media, I will gather information, be proactive, and mitigate any impact on my family as much as possible. And when I feel fear rising in my throat, I’ll take a deep breath, say a prayer, read the above words, and be encouraged by all God has done.
How are you managing the inflow of news and acting on how to protect your family? What gives you peace? Comment below. Your words may help other readers be proactive and find peace.
Evelyn Mann is the author of Miracle In My Living Room: The Story of a Little Mann and Thriving Through Your Trials: Devotions of Miracles, Faith & Prayer. Her son has survived a rare form of dwarfism called Thanatophoric Dwarfism. His story has been broadcast on The Learning Channel and been seen by over 2 million plus on Special Books By Special Kids video on YouTube. Follow Samuel’s inspirational story on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/miraclemann17 and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amiracleinmylivingroom/