There are season of life that burst on us like a thunderclap, dripping with fear and worry. Some days we manage to get an umbrella up to protect us from the torrent, but some days we become tired of keeping our guard up, and we begin to let anxiety seep into our souls. Fear ripples our thinking, and we find ourselves unsettled and worried about how things may turn out. We begin a narrative in our minds, that sounds a little like this:
"What if life as we know it is over?"
"What if I lose my job?"
"I'm afraid my kid's future is at risk."
"I don't have what it takes to make it through this."
"Fear is a normal response to my situation. I can't help it!"
"What if we run out of toilet paper?" (Sorry, couldn't help it)
Fear comes at us in so many ways. Sometimes we don't even recognize it as fear. It seems like a healthy caution or common sense. But when it takes God out of the equation, it's usually a fear driven response. Because God has things to say when the world is in an uproar, and His words don't sound anything like our fear-soaked thoughts. He tells us:
"Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor abandon you." -Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT
"...God has said, 'I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.' So we can say with confidence, 'The Lord is my Helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?'" Hebrews 13:5-6 NLT
"You are my servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:9-10 NKJV
The future that sends bolts of worry and fear through our hearts? God is already in it! We don't need to fear about our kid's future being at risk, about making it through a hard situation, or anything else, because God is already in the future. He's got in under control.
God knows about everything that's happening in the world right now, because He's already been there.
Think about that a little bit.
God is already in the future, He already knows the outcome, and He already has His plans laid out for you, no matter what comes. Remember, He even sees when a single bird gets knocked out of the sky. He personally cares about you and your family, and He has a plan for you.
Does this mean everything will be lovely and perfect and dreamy? No, but that's not the point. The point is, the God of the Universe, the King of the future, the Lover of the sparrows wants to reach down and cover you with His wings. He wants you to throw out your umbrella of self-protection and run to Him, like a little chick who's been caught in a down pour runs to her mother for security and protection.
He has given each of us promise after promise after promise in His Word.
He will be there for you. Always. Forever. He loves His children dearly, and we can trust His plans for us and our family, and everything else we hold dear.
And, by the way, He's preparing a place for us in Heaven, which is our true home. I'm going to be setting my sights on that. I hope you'll join me.