“I’m a little nervous to leave the valley”, I told my friend.
“We’ve been under God’s protective hand for the last year, I’m afraid to leave! How will we be able to get back to normal life again?
That day, I allowed a tiny seed of doubt to be planted in my heart. That tiny seed then began to grow, until it bloomed into an ugly blossom of worry.
“What if the cancer comes back?”
“What if Gabe can’t handle full-time work?”
Soon, that ugly plant of doubt and worry began to grow thorns and vines that were cutting and choking me. I had given in to my fears.
Suddenly, I was having panic attacks. I couldn’t drive, and I had unreasonable fear each time Gabe went into the office.
Instead of leaving the valley feeling victorious over what God had done for my husband, I was a miserable mess over a future I could not control.
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” – Isaiah 41:10
Friends, God is good! He graciously reminded me that leaving the valley doesn’t mean I am leaving His protection. My journey will continue on, weather in a valley or on a mountain, with God holding me in His protective hand!
I confessed my fear to God. I told God I trusted Him with the future. I asked Him to help me no longer give place to fear in my life. I thanked Him for the victory He gave me over my sin of fear.
I began to drive again. I didn’t have a panic attack when my husband went into the office. The anxiety left.
If you have been in a long valley, and find you are about to leave, don’t allow seeds of doubt, worry, or fear to enter your mind. These seeds will grow into ugly plants. They will steal away the peace and victory God gave you in the valley.
Instead, leave the valley with praise on your lips, and a song in your heart. Remember, you will never leave the Father’s hand!
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord : and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.” – Psalms 37:23-24
For those who have been following my husband’s journey with cancer, he recieved fantastic news a few weeks ago! He was declared NED, and given a clear bill of health! We couldn’t be happier with this news, and are currently getting back to “normal” life.