Have you ever thought to yourself when things don’t go as you envisioned, “What am I going to do now?‘” We all have probably thought that at least a few times, or for others many times. I fit in the second group, and you may too. Being human, we tend to first seek only what is tangible or in our control. We like to plan things, and those plans are designed to work. When those plans do not work out, our heart starts pounding. Anxiety rears its ugly head once again.
For some, these feelings really start as we near adulthood as we start to realize high school is almost over and we are soon needing to do what “adults do” like pay bills and feed yourself. For others it starts earlier or later, but the one thing I that is universal, the older you get, the more likely these thoughts of “What do I do now?” Some of us may have planned to go to university, and out of the number that plan on going to a particular school, how many of us actually ended up where we envisioned? If you were one of the few lucky ones, perhaps worry was delayed for the time being until exams came up. Perhaps you already had anxiety thinking, “What if I do not get in to _________?”
Perhaps you are somebody that had no desire to go to school any longer, and that’s perfectly fine, but that means you probably thought earlier on, “Where am I going to work. I can’t pay bills on a minimum wage. I don’t feel like an adult. I’m not ready…” Perhaps none of these thoughts entered your head. What about one of those days where you are running late for work and you are stuck in traffic? Don’t you wish that you could be like Moses and part the sea of cars to allow you to get to work on time? Maybe you are young and taking a pregnancy test because you are worried that you might be pregnant and you don’t know what you are going to tell your parents? Don’t you wish you could control these things? Have you ever thought that, “If it rains, it’s going to ruin my outdoor wedding plans,” that you have been planning for months in advance?
What if I told you we need not worry, and all things will work out? I’m not saying they will work out how you expect, but they will indeed work out according to God’s plans. Our Lord is perfect, and so are his plans, so why worry if his perfect plans work out the way he wants them to work out for you? Why do you feel so upset you are no longer in control like you thought you were? Has God’s plan made you become anxious? Why? He created you and through Jesus Christ, you have eternal life. Why are you so afraid?
Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for He chose us in advance, and He makes everything work out according to His plan.
That’s right. God has a plan for you, and he’ll make it work out. There’s no need to worry such as you are. I’m not trying to make light of your temporary suffering that you may be experiencing, but find comfort that our amazing Lord has all under control! Sure, our lives take unexpected turns, and yes, you will worry sometimes about that uncertainty we have at times, but stop worrying so much. We are children of God, and he’s a perfect parent that will protect us and ensure that we protected. He cares so much about you that he revealed us in human form through Jesus Christ, his son, who paid the price for ALL OUR SINS so that we may have eternal life!
“For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him. “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”
Like David, find comfort that our Lord is there to protect us like a shepherd protects their flock from the dangerous of the wilderness. When we rely of Him, we always succeed in fulfilling His plans.
But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; You are my glory, the One who holds my head high. I cried out to the LORD, and He answered me from His holy mountain. Interlude I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.
Stop worrying so much! Lighten your baggage you carry! Let the Lord carry those bags for you for we were not designed to carry so many.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. “
Worry about today, not tomorrow. Stop worrying about things that do not matter yet! The Lord will provide so that all is in place to see that his plans are carried out. Rely on his perfection, not your imperfection!
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow My instructions.
Stop carrying that heavy burden of worry and uncertainty. Stop feeling lonely. Stop feeling hopeless and helpless. Stop feeling that the world is out to get you. Stop all of these things for there is comfort as our Father will be our comfort. Our Father will see that things work out. Our Father will bless us. Our Father is perfect in his timing, so why rely on your perception of what timing is perfect in your own mind? How about you for a moment realize that we are on His time–His perfect time. Realize he’s always there for you and never forsakes us. He is our source of true comfort!
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:3