Youth - May 2017
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May 2017
by Hector Meza

Isaiah 41:10 "So do not be afraid. I am with you.
Do not be terrified. I am your God.
I will make you strong and help you.
I will hold you safe in my hands.
I always do what is right."

Recently I went for a check-up and to get some blood work. I was only really nervous about the blood work because the last time that I had blood taken from me I thought I was going to faint. So when the moment came for me to get my blood drawn again I tried to calm myself and not "punk out." Lydia was there too and so I really didn't want to look weak. Yet, sure enough, as soon as the nurse had begun taking my blood, I felt the all too familiar feeling. I began getting lightheaded and feeling nauseous. I thought that my words had started to slur and that I would faint again. So the nurse told me to not move and slow my breathing, shortly thereafter I began to feel normal again. Both he and Lydia reminded me that this was merely a psychological reaction to the process and that I was in no harm at all.

This made me think of the many times when I feel anxious or fearful about something in my life and it leads me to become frantic. Or worse, I'll fall into despair and say, "This is it. I'm dying!" God is so gentle with me, however, and He will many times remind me to pause. Take a breath. Trust Him. With God even real dangers become muted because we know that ultimately He holds our souls. it should be that confidence in the ultimate victory of God that should remind us to fear less and trust more. It really will be okay.

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