2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)–“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
By Pamela K. Orgeron, M.A., Ed.S., BCCC, ACLC
“Have faith over fear”, Marilyn Weksner, one of my “bestie” friends, said several days ago as we were discussing the lesion that was found in my left lung . Marilyn had been given this advice to her by one of her friends as Marilyn lives with lupus and its effects.
To update my situation, I am scheduled to have a navigated bronchoscopy this coming Tuesday, December 19. Results from the test won’t be available for 2 to 3 days later.
What does it mean to have faith over fear? For me, it means that I don’t lay awake at night not able to sleep for hours. It means I go on living with a positive attitude. I still can laugh and have fun with my husband Milton as we watch Christmas movies together, play Scrabble together, cook together, whatever we do together.
I am comforted in knowing that whatever happens is in God’s control. I know that though I did not have victory in a game of Scrabble with Milton last night, I have victory in Jesus. (Love you, Milton!) If He is finished with me, I will rejoice in His Presence in Heaven getting to see my Dad and other relatives and friends who have gone on before me. I also will be excited to meet the babies I’ve miscarried in the past. That will be a glorious day for me.
If these are my last days to live on earth, I want these days to be joyous celebrating life, Christ, and His Peace with my husband and best friend. I don’t want Milton’s and my last days together to be sad or negative. I want our last days to be joyful and filled with love and laughter, if that be the outcome of having the lesion in my lung.
Being positive, I hope and trust I have many more years on earth to live for and glorify my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fulfilled so many of my childhood dreams, such as getting my college education, becoming a published author, and being married to the most wonderful husband, perfect for me. Honestly, my husband and I both believe the Lord has much more work for me to do on earth: writing more books, sharing my testimony publicly, whatever and where ever the Lord’s will is what I want to do. Meanwhile, I wait patiently having faith over fear to see the resolution to my current health situation.
What does it mean to you to have faith over fear? Do you have a story you want to share where you have overcome fear through your faith? We’d love to hear your comments and other personal stories.