Do you ever prepare ahead of time for bad news?
I tend to do this. The chronic planner living inside me likes to think of it as highly responsible behavior. You know, like making sure you have a budget every month or planning out all your meals for the month. I don’t do the 30 day menu thing. Crazy people do this. And, by crazy, I mean “I stand completely in awe of you.”
Recently, I googled “how much do braces cost?” in an effort to prepare for an appointment I have this afternoon with my son’s orthodontist.
I feel like I’m treating my heart responsibly and lovingly when I prepare it ahead of time for potentially traumatic news. This way, it wont be caught way off guard when bad news hits it OR it will be pleasantly surprised if the bad news isn’t as bad as the all-knowing Google leads me to believe it will be.
A few weeks ago, the orthodontist took pictures and molds of my son’s mouth/teeth and then shipped them off to be studied and analyzed. I’m still uncertain as to where they sent them for analysis. Maybe Google headquarters? But, today, I go back so they can tell me what the long-term plan for braces will be.
When I told my dad they sent the pictures off to be analyzed during a recent phone conversation, we joked that “analyze” is code for: Is the orthodontist planning on taking one vacation this year or two?
After googling the cost of braces question, a scripture verse popped into my brain. “They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.” Psalm 112:7
I’ve always loved this verse. Maybe because there’s this fine line I sometimes mistakenly step over when it comes to bad news. This verse reminds me it’s okay to brace (no pun intended) for the worst, but it’s not okay to fear it. As I was writing this I thought about tornadoes and hurricanes. When these potential threats are in your vicinity, you brace for the worst. That’s the responsible thing to do. You take all the necessary precautions to get you safely through the potential storm. But, the unhealthy and unproductive thing to do is fixate on the fear. Trusting the Lord and focusing on truth, that we don’t need to fear bad news, is a much better use of our time and energy.
So today, when I walk into the orthodontist’s office, I want to have a plan of attack…not a panic attack. Hmm…that’s way too clever to be an original. Makes me wonder who first said it. I guess I could always ask all-knowing Google. 😉
What about you? How difficult is it for you to trust and have no fear of bad news?