This week, a very wonderful friend of mine, Frieda McRae, underwent surgery to remove a tumour from her brain. I have written before about Frieda here and here. I am so thankful to God that the surgery went well, the tumour was successfully removed and it looks likely that it’s benign. Frieda has been incredible since finding out she had the tumour right up to the operation. Her emails have been full of joy, and general goofy-craziness that I have come to expect from this remarkable lady. But the thing that has really struck me has been her consistent level of peace and her lack of fear.
Frieda is an incredible lady, full of peace and joy. But the reason she is an incredible lady is because she is friends with an incredible and extraordinary God. Her trust has been 100% in the one who made her, the one who knows her intimately and completely, the one who died for her, the one who brings her life, and the one who lives in her through His holy spirit.
It is easy to believe that God is close to us, and overflow with joy when life is good. But when life throws its challenges, that’s when the rubber hits the road. That’s when the core of our heart is revealed, and what that heart is filled with. Psalm 23 says:
4 Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
I have seen someone walk out that reality this last few weeks. Fear has not been part of this story, for God the Good Shepherd, has led Frieda through this time. And she knows it. She really knows it.
How do we cultivate a relationship with the Lord that sees us through both good and difficult times?
How do we walk a life of peace and joy, where fear has no place?
posted by Anna
Please continue to pray for Frieda, especially that all pain would go. Thanks!