Fears and Anxieties

Psalm 46:1–3 (NIV)

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Mental health issues are very high among the medical fraternity. This is often not noted and highlighted until someone suffers a metal breakdown or commit suicide. Every year, a large number of mental practitioners resigns to seek other employments. This silent pandemic is often well known but not highlighted. Doctors, by their training, are problem solvers. Doctors who share their mental problems are often stigmatized as being weak or not fit to be a doctor. These issues are real issues. Practicing medicine is a high stress profession. Not only a doctor has to deal with helping a patient, the doctor also has to interact with the patients’ families, the senior doctors, and the working environment. A doctor may not have the extra time he/she needs to destress and unwind.

Hence it is vital that a doctor develops a close relationship with the Lord who is our refuge and our strength. No matter how busy we are, we can carve out segments of time to pray and be still before the Lord. It is a means of destressing as we pour out our anger and anxiety to him. The Lord understands out situation very well. The Lord is also our refuge as we seek to rest in him. And he will give us the strength to go back into the wards or clinics.

Having this outlet allows us to deal with our fear and anxieties. It is essential that we remember that we practice medicine but it is the Lord who heals. There are many things that are not in our control. We need to identify those things that are under our control and take care of them. Those which are not under our control, we have to learn to let go and let the Lord takes care of them. We have to deal with our fears and anxieties or they will destroy us.

Further reading: Psalm 46:10

Prayer: Lord, please take our fears and anxieties. Be our refuge and strength. Amen.