In early August 2020, I noticed a mark on my right breast. It looked like a small, insect bite, but somehow I had a feeling it wasn’t that. It didn’t itch, and it wasn’t painful, but there was a small indentation which worried me.
The next day, I went to see a gynaecologist, which led to an ultrasound, a mammogram, and then a biopsy. Finally, it was confirmed: the lump was malignant.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The news left me feeling distressed and devastated.
Just a scroll on social media is enough to put our confidence to shame. Even though we know that what we see on social media only displays the “truths” that others wish to portray, sometimes we can’t help but get sucked into its trap.
Let me paint a picture of some of my thoughts when I don’t guard my mind against the destructive nature of social media.
While it may be unusual for so many people to be facing the same kind of adversity, there was something about 2020 that wasn’t unusual—the fact that it was full of adversity. Even if COVID hadn’t happened, we would still have had bad days—delays, cancelled plans, losses, pain and sadness.
As I reflect on how I handle life in an unpredictable world, I’ve found three verses to be particularly helpful in retuning my heart to God’s peace.
My entire life, I have been trained to aim for financial security. “You’re saving for an emergency,” my parents would say—which of course made no sense to me at the time. Now, though, is a different story.
"God, please give me a job that I would be happy to wake up to every morning for 40 years.” This was my genuine prayer right before graduating from university.
I prayed and asked God which path to take—and in the midst of my fears of "getting it wrong" and "screwing up God's plan" for my life, He spoke in a rather unexpected way.
Many of us feel like what we read in the Bible should impact our everyday living, but oftentimes, it doesn’t. We get caught up in the rhythm of life, get distracted, or struggle to understand how the Bible actually speaks directly to our everyday reality. If you want to see how the words and wisdom of the Bible are helpful for everyday living, check out these articles!
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