“You are?” I smiled.
“Yes, Ma’am. Thank you for your help,” she added as she put a drop of blood into the test strip in our Accucheck machine.
“That’s great! I hope you will take good care of yourself and will try your best to not be back here,” I softly stated.
“Yes, Ma’am,” as she injected her morning insulin dose from a tiny syringe I gave.
“Please follow up with your primary doctor outside. And if you don’t have any, I just want to inform you that you can also go to the county’s hospital so someone there can treat you for free. Okay?” I advised.
“Don’t be afraid. You can always go there if you need help with your medical condition.”
“Thank you for letting me know. Yes, I will,” as she turned her back and sat on one of the chairs in the waiting area and another diabetic came to me after her.
I was charting all the female diabetics’ blood sugar level in our log book when the thought came to me. I could just imagine the mixed emotions that inmate was going through prior to her pending freedom. Excitement and happiness, yet with fear at the same time. Being incarcerated for so long, she might not have the means to be able to do well at first. Sometimes, it would be hard to find a decent job because of her crimes recorded.
We are that way as God’s children. Watched over and guided as we grow in our character. We need renewing of our minds to gain strength prior to us flying higher to accomplish the work that the Lord had started in each of us. We wait with excitement. We leap for joy with the newly-found freedom. But this doesn’t mean that the take-off is always smooth. Sometimes, we’ll fall. Sometimes, we won’t have the strength we need to fly. But we shouldn’t be afraid. Even if the fiercest storms loom in the horizon. Because fear is not from Him. Though fear is beneficial when it applies to having reverential fear of the Lord. That is the beginning of wisdom [Psalm 111:10 - “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise.”]
The type that is not beneficial is when we are being overpowered by the spirit of fear. Best thing to do is for us to draw nearer to God. To trust in Him completely.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” - 2 Timothy 1:7
Our Father in heaven knows our difficulties, our sufferings. He knows our desires, ambitions or hope. If we want to soar high, whether we fail or not, just trust Him. 100%. He is the One Who helps us accomplish our dreams or desires, when we commit it to Him. Because He loves us. First.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11
So, now that you’ve found the freedom that comes from Christ, go on…Don’t be afraid…Fly high! Because the Holy Spirit is the Air that will lift us and bring us to places where God wants us to be…
Proverbs 3:5-6 :
“5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
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