Facts, Feeling, Faith, and the Future

Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee. Be careful for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

A young lady came to me upset over a health problem which caused her loss of energy, frequent pain, and feelings of defeat. In addition, she did not have money to take final exams, and awaited surgery when she returned to her home state for the summer. She wanted to feel better, have money for finals, have money for surgery. She was fearful of surgery. And wanted to know where money would come from in the fall for school—most importantly, she wanted all these answers now! I told her that the immediate concern was feeling better and getting her school bill paid so she could take final exams. She responded fearfully, “But what about my surgery this summer? And finances to come back in the fall?” to which I answered, “One step at a time.” Then I encouraged her to look at the facts that must be dealt with right now.

Facts – truth or data that is concrete and unchanging
Feelings – inhabits the physiology of every female but can sometimes mask the facts and cause us to not have faith in God
Faith – trusting that God is in control no matter what the facts are and no matter how we feel
Future –what will happen anyway–but how we handle the facts and feelings, and apply faith in God will help us arrive at God’s planned destination in our best state possible.

Don’t be afraid to counsel with another Godly lady who is levelheaded during your times of “unlevel-headedness.” Claiming God’s promises of, “I can do all things through Christ,” coupled with Godly counseling, “…in a multitude of counselors there is safety;” you can get through this!

-Ms. Zana Reichen