I'm sure you know what I mean. "Just put one more thing on my shelves and it's all going to come crashing down." There was a day last week when I was suddenly overwelmed with tiredness. I wanted to crawl into bed and not have to deal with anything or do anything. I know that Rachel's spells had played a part in how I was feeling. I think the stress of them seems to show itself a few days afterwards. But I also felt shaken, and unmoored somehow...and sad because of stories we had been hearing that week. A three year old boy suddenly started seizuring and is in hospital now in an induced coma so doctors can find out what is wrong. Another girl we know from the Flames House had a spinal go very wrong and her mom says they had to keep the incision open. She had already spent 5 weeks in the hospital.
I have had to wrestle this week with those old fears and doubts again. What if that happened to Ethan and Abigail? What if I had to give up not just one child, but two or three? What if there is some disease in their bodies that will only show itself in a year, five years...? Would/could I still trust God's love for us? Yesterday I looked back at some of the emails we received from friends in those early days of Rachel's diagnosis. Dave also reminded me too of the devotional I had shared on the blog, about fear. It's called "Grace When We Need It" I had to read it again today, twice. It is so hard sometimes to take my gaze off of my fears and put it back where it belongs - on the timely Grace of God. But I know that if I don't, I will be crushed and paralyzed by my fear. And I so want to live differently!
How do you deal with your fear?