They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Bad news, tragic news, news from my worst fear can sweep into my life and turn everything upside down in a moment with no warning. Sudden bad news slams me into a wall. Bad news comes, and fear enters with it.
Fear is a mind game. I think of fearful things that have happened to others and my next thought is, “If it happened to them, it could happen to me.” Or, something bad happens and I extrapolate it to the worst possible scenario. “If this can happen, then that could happen.”
Fear intimidates. Fear is a bully that backs me into a corner and makes me feel weak, powerless, and helpless. Fear turns me into a victim. And, that is exactly why fear is wrong! Listen! Fear is W R O N G! Fear LIES to me!
Truth trumps fear. When fear comes, I must speak truth. Say it out loud. Shout it, if necessary. I must fight back, first of all, knowing I am not weak and helpless, nor am I a victim! God within me is stronger and mightier than whatever it is I fear, and that makes ME stronger and mightier.
Sometimes bad news comes. Sometimes tragedies happen. But, in no way does that mean God deserted me, God doesn’t love me, God allowed it for some greater good, or it happened because I did something wrong or sinned or God is mad at me... or any other foul stinking lie.
Sometimes bad news comes to other people. Sometimes tragedies happen to people I know. But, in no way does that mean it will happen to me! Psalm 91:7 says, “A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.” I trust this promise. I speak it out loud and build up my faith with this and other promises in the love and mercies of God.
Sometimes bad news comes in spite of it. Sometimes tragedies happen anyway. But, in no way does that mean God failed to keep His Word or his promises didn’t work. In all that happens for which I have no answer, I will not accuse or blame God. Why things happen may be a mystery to me, but it’s not because “God works in mysterious ways.” It wasn’t God’s doing or God's fault.
Sometimes bad news comes. Sometimes tragedies happen. But, in no way does that mean God doesn’t care or God doesn’t love me or God is indifferent. In fact, Scriptures too numerous to name speak of God being very tenderhearted and compassionate. My favorite reminder is Hebrews 1:3 that describes Jesus as being “the exact representation” of God. When I want to know what God is like, I look to Jesus. I can’t think of a more compassionate, tenderhearted Man than Jesus. What does that tell me about what God is like?
Sometimes bad news comes. Sometimes tragedies happen. But, that in no way means I am alone or deserted in my grief. There can indeed be a great deal of loneliness in grief. No matter how many loved ones or friends or supporters I may have, grief is still a pathway I walk alone. Yet, not entirely alone. Inside the deepest depths of my broken heart, where no one else can reach, no one else can see, no one else can even know, God is there. The Psalmist wrote, “If I say, Surely the darkness will hide me and light become night around me, even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you” (Psalm 139:11, 12) Even when I feel utterly alone, God is with me. He has not deserted me, and He never will.
Yes, sometimes bad news comes. Sometimes tragedies happen. But, I will have no fear. My heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Sara Faith Nelson
Sharing the journey, because, I find there are so many others making the trek through life without a loved one