“Caroline, I learned raising you with all of your health problems that you can’t borrow trouble.”
The quote above is from a conversation today with my mom about my son’s health. A routine trip to the urgent care to make sure that bronchitis or pneumonia had not declared itself in my son’s lungs turned into a six-hour ordeal involving multiple breathing treatments and more doctor’s appointments and testing to come. I’ll know more this week and am really trying to not borrow trouble, but I’m also really good at it. If it was a salaried talent, I would be a “zillionairre” by now!
I admit there is hypocrisy with me in this area. I just wrote a post about not allowing life’s distractions (Distractions, Distractions) to get in the way of keeping focus on the Lord, and here I am just a few days later getting distracted by the “what if’s”, “why now’s”, and tomorrow’s worries that may or may not even come to fruition. I will suggest to others to not fret over what may or may not be a problem. I’ll quote scripture and encourage others to pray, but often I do not take my own advice as well as I would like to admit.
I do not believe that the Lord wants us to fret over situations. We are to cast all of our cares onto Him in good faith knowing that He has already declared the victories in our lives. The walk on this Earth is hard. Our money runs out, our relationships lay in ruins, and our bodies break-down; yet, He never changes.
While my mom told me not to borrow trouble, she also suggested to be prepared. Learn about possible conditions, think through scenarios, and be open to the possibility that health matters can become serious. She knows this first hand from raising me. You can learn a little bit more about her in my post titled Mother’s Resilience that I wrote on Mother’s Day. She has always told me to “trust my gut and intuition” when it comes to my children. I feel that this gift is one the Lord has given to women. That ability proved invaluable when she was raising me. Her persistence and determination to get answers played a big role in saving my life during my illness.
So for now, I am going to walk in faith trusting the instinct the Lord has granted me with my children and trusting Him to work out the details. I am going to put as much effort as I can to focus on the hope that comes from the Lord instead of the hap-hazards of being human. Regardless of the outcome, I have comfort knowing that the Lord already has tomorrow’s troubles in His Heavenly Hands.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
– Jeremiah 29:11