Navigating the Anxious and Fearful Dips

Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.

─ Proverbs 3:25-26 NKJV

An anxious and fearful dip leads to this question. When is the bottom going to fall out from under me? Some people live in this constant state of anxiety.

Dr. Randy Carlson experienced an anxious and fearful dip shortly after he and Donna married.  When they married, they didn’t know Donna had thyroid disease.

“Shortly after we got married,” Randy shared, “she became very ill and we didn’t know why.  She continued to lose weight and the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong.”

Donna’s weight dropped under 100 pounds. Her heart was racing so fast that Randy had to pick her up and carry her to the car to take her to the doctor’s office.

Randy said, “We were young, 20-year-old kids. I had anxiety; it was a fearful time. I couldn’t make my wife better.” He feared his new bride was going to die.  She was diagnosed, had surgery, and is doing well today.

Anxiety and fear can debilitate you. An undercurrent of fear keeps you worried about what’s next.  Proverbs 3:25-26 gives you hope to hold on to. These verses encourage you not to be afraid of bad news or difficult circumstances. You have been given the promise: the Lord will be your confidence. He will give you sure footing as you navigate the treacherous dips in your life.

Today’s One Thing

Proverbs 3:25-26 is a good verse to memorize. Take time today and look at the verse in different versions of the Bible. Choose the one that speaks to your heart most, put that verse on your phone, or on the mirror in the bathroom to remind you every day that you have His hope to hold onto, and that He will help you navigate the emotional dips in your life.

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