“You have cancer.” These are the words Tobias heard from the doctor. Most people would have become emotional, worried, and possibly frantic. However, Tobias remained calm and did not have much external reaction. Instead, he was quietly determined to take immediate action.
Tobias went to a bicycle shop and purchased a bike. Then he went home and started juicing. That week Tobias, a man in his 70’s, changed his entire lifestyle. He began eating all fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Tobias daily rode his bike 16-20 miles, which he had time for since he was retired. Thankfully, he was in good physical shape and had maintained a healthy body weight all his life. So, when the news came that he had cancer, he didn't have many life changes to make. He had never been a big sweets eater, and he gave up dairy and focused on eating more wholesome foods. Tobias also attended a church where he practiced his faith in God every week. He had a very positive and active church life and family.
The most amazing thing regarding Tobias' health journey is that he didn't seem to be worrying about his diagnosis. He didn't talk about it excessively, and it wasn't always at the forefront of his mind. His wife seemed more worried about it than he was. When Tobias went to the doctor for his checkup a few months later, there was no sign of cancer. He continued to live an active life riding his bike 15-20 miles every day and eating fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods. He also continued to trust God.
What kept Tobias calm amidst the storm? He kept his mind stayed on God and His promises. Isaiah 26:3-4 says, “You keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever…for the Lord, is everlasting strength.” John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” He didn't fear the words that most people dread but continued to live as well as he could, trusting his life in the hands of the Almighty. The mental strength that he displayed is attributed to his faith and belief in God.
Call to Action
Now is the time to develop and practice good habits physically, mentally, and spiritually. As you study the Word of God, get to know who He is and what He can do. He promises us peace, even during the storms of this life.
All scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.