Do you ever sit back and sigh when you reach the final stages of something very important or overwhelming? Do you ever just take in those moments of relief that the end is near?
For me, that's what this morning holds. I love mornings. I'm a morning person, through and through, and I hate it when I sleep so late that I totally miss the morning (which only happens about once or twice a year). The dawning of a new day is full of possibilities and excitement. What will the day hold? Who will the day encounter?
This morning, I am up. Brian and the dogs are asleep, and the house is quiet. And, I found that when I walked into the sunny living room and sat down, I exhaled a sigh. A sigh of, "I made it. I did it. It's pretty much over." Sure, I have 6 or 7 more Herceptin treatments at the cancer center, and I'll have screenings and ongoing evaluations for the rest of my life. But the unknown, the scary parts, they are over. For now.
I'm sure that you've noticed these same kinds of ebbing and flowing in your own life, where the ups and downs are ceaseless cycle of joy, scattered with fear. I can't help but think of Psalm 23:4 which says, "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."
Faithful ones, God is near. His presence is hovering over you. So, when the scary times come, and they will, and you are tempted to crumble in fear, sigh. And remember, He is with you.