Handling Tragedy, Part 3

Today I want to talk about focus. Getting focused. Staying focused. And what to focus on when traversing the valley.

#3 Focus on God’s promises.

When tragedy hits its easy to lose focus. Believe me, I know. Doctor appointments, tests, procedures, results, medical terms, specialists, financial concerns, family issues . . . they’re all there and they’re all very real and overwhelming.

I always thought cancer happened to “the other person.” Well, when I got cancer I knew what it was like to be that other person where my life revolved around the next doctor’s appointment or test result.

It’s easy to get that drowning feeling. It’s easy to feel like panicking. It’s easy lose focus.

But when we’re in the midst of this whirlwind of activity and stress and concerns and issues we need a focal point. And that’s where God’s promises enter.

Look, I know from experience (as I’m sure most of you do too) that when we’re in the middle of that valley and darkness surrounds, the ground beneath us seems very unstable. Shifting sand.

God’s Word is that rock we need, that beacon in the dark, guiding us to His light . . . His promises.

The Bible is full of comfort and encouragement for those willing to take the time to read it. God, our loving Father, our Daddy, longs to whisper those sweet words in our ear and remind us of His promises.

He loves us with an everlasting love. He will never, ever, leave us. He will hold our hand and help us. He is goodness and all things work for good in our life. Someday, justice will be served. Someday, glory awaits. Someday, all pain and suffering will cease. And the list goes on.

Things in life change. Doctor’s change their opinions. Test results may vary. Symptoms fluctuate. Money comes and goes (goes more than comes). But something that never changes is the word of God and His promises. That’s something we can grab and hold onto with everything we are.

Sometimes, it’s all we have to hold onto.

Tomorrow, point 4, seek to bless others.

In other news, the first book review of Scream has been posted by Deena Peterson, a book reviewer with her own review site, A Peek at My Bookshelf. Check it out.


About mikedellosso

Mike Dellosso is an author of wide-eyed suspense. He writes stories that not only entertain but enlighten.

Posted on January 21, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. AMEN!


  2. Mike – Here is what I found in my reading this morning! Precious!!Hebrews 6: 18-20″Which hoe we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…” (v 19)That’s shoutin’ ground!!


  3. Susan J. Reinhardt

    Hi Mike -Thanks for the good word. It’s appropriate since I’m looking for a job and headed out the door in a few minutes.I appreciate the encouragement.Blessings,Susan 🙂


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