The Fine Line Between Prepare and Panic

Driving om empty road under the rainbowDepositPhotos

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?

12 thoughts on “The Fine Line Between Prepare and Panic

  1. Debra

    Scripture is an AWESOME thing isn’t it? It just hit me as I wrote this sentence, it could be interpreted AW (gimme ) SOME scripture to combat this issue I am experiencing. I know years ago before being diagnosed with Celia disease I feared leaving the house, because the bad news that followed was a mess if something were to happen and we were detained on the road, any way what got me thru these long trips was finding and memorizing scripture to recite over and over on the trips. AS well as a few praise songs, Yes I made it without incident but the power of God if we trust in him is an AMAZING thing. And both Awesome and Amazing describe perfectly what God should and is to us , Abba our father our protector and our provider…..

    Reply
    1. Eileen Post author

      Thanks for sharing your story, Debra. Adjusting to that must be so rough. But, you’re right, it truly teaches us to rely on Him.

      Reply
      1. Debra

        Hey there, I also seem to miss the message you are sending out adding my own little spin to what you are trying to get across. lol. As I have been lucky to not have had braces all I could focus on was the fear part of the message and how I was able to overcome that… But one day ….I’ll be able to related to the specific message…

        Reply
        1. Eileen Post author

          Debra, I think your first comment was completely on topic! Fear was the bigger message 🙂

          Reply
  2. Brenda

    YES. I’m a born worrywart, but my divorce helped me let go of a lot of that because it showed me what a waste of energy it is to freak out in advance. You can’t predict the future, and God will give you the strength you need when things happen, not before. I agree that preparation is responsible as long as we keep it on this side of the line. 🙂 I’ll always struggle with it to some degree, though.

    Reply
  3. Bill (cycelguy)

    I worry very little. I can’t control much of what happens so I choose to leave it in the hands of the ONE who does and can. As for the braces: let’s just say I was around 57 or so when I got mine. I had them for 2 1/2 years. Let’s just say they cost a lot. 🙂

    Reply
    1. Eileen Post author

      Thanks, Bill. That’s what I’m afraid of. We will know in about 30 minutes. I had braces when I was a kid…back when money grew on trees…so it wasn’t a big deal. 😉

      Reply
    1. Eileen Post author

      Yikes…that’s a lot of dentist trips. Well, we found out that Phase 1 is not as bad as I had thought. But there’s a 75% he will need Phase 2 in a couple of years. If he does…the all-knowling Google was right

      Reply
  4. TC Avey

    That is a very comforting verse for me. I tend to be a planner and a worrier. Thankfully God is gracious and He’s helping me learn to trust Him more.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.