One of my favorite priests told me recently, “you become what you fear.”
We were talking about the fears I have relating to my suffering.
The fears that plague me. The fears that eat at me. The fears that could control me–if I let them.
But I recoginize the fear for what it is . . . .sin. Yes, this fear is so powerful. But it boils down to a lack of trust in God.
“Don’t let it turn you into someone you don’t want to be,” he said.
Because that’s what fear does to us. It eats at us. It paralyzes us. It makes us try to control situations or people that are beyond our control. All because we are so afraid of life not going the way we had planned.
But if we can just trust God, then we know we will be okay no matter what.
So much of handling suffering well boils down to trusting God-believing God’s word and His promise.
Then we know we will be okay no matter what.
I don’t think that means it won’t hurt. But it does mean we don’t have to be afraid.
St. John Chrysostom wrote: