Getting over our fears

 

As many of you know, my wife Sue was diagnosed with cancer in the small intestine.  When we first heard the news, we and the doctors were very concerned about the severity of the cancer.  There was a chance the cancer had already spread to the other organs.  Thoughts of living without Sue went through my mind.  These thoughts were unbearable.  The surgery went very well and the doctors were confident they removed all the cancer, but then there was the recovery.  The recovery was worse than I expected.  Sue had about six months of pain, weight lose, and digestive problems.   On top of all that, she had some complications, and two weeks ago had to undergo major surgery to fix these complications.

Reflecting on the past six months with the fear of losing my wife and the pain she was enduring, I realized this would all be for a season.  I knew one day we would be together again and she would have no more pain. Then I thought about the unbeliever.  If a person has not trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior, he will live forever in a place of misery and be eternally separated from the Creator.  This was a thought too scary to entertain.  I then read a couple of Scriptures where God weeps, and two of these times it was over the unbeliever.  God weeps over the broken relationships caused by sin and the rejection by the unbeliever of His free gift of salvation.  God longs for a relationship with all people.

hThen I realized I was part of the problem.  I was scared, and sometimes reluctant, to witnesses to others.  People need to know about the free gift! And how will they know if someone does not tell them!  It was time for me to overcome these fears and tell others.  After spending so much time in the hospital, I decided to witness to the nurses.  I was surprised to see the hunger that they had to know the truth.  One nurse said he believed God had brought us to the ICU just for him.  He was struggling with many issues and creation and salvation was just what he needed to hear.

John  4:35 –  “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (KJV)

This statement is so true, the fields are white, but we need laborers.

 

Rich Stepanek

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3 Comments on "Getting over our fears"

  1. Barbara Austin says:

    Wonderful, Rich!
    I am going through a time of fear right now (not as serious a problem as yours, though). Satan is a liar and keeps whispering to us that what we fear will come true and that God does not care or will not take care of us. I keep having to tell him to be gone in the name of Jesus. And I ask God for my peace back. Working but I have to keep after it!
    Praying for you and Sue. Hope to see you soon, as we are in the process of moving to Cedaredge.
    God bless you both.

  2. Amy says:

    Mr. Stepanek,
    Hi, I am from Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church in Liberal, KS. On June 29th our missions committee is planning to share with our congregation about the different ministries/missionaries we support. I personally will be sharing about you and your work. I was wondering, if in brief, you would share with me any information about what you do that I could pass along? My email is ajknop93@yahoo.com.
    Thank you for your time and service!
    Amy

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