I think way too much. Like many, I overthink, analyzing a problem from 70 different angles, determined to anticipate, and prepare for, any outcome.
I have learned through the years that this is an impossible endeavor.
In spite of all my examining and planning, I never seem to be able to adequately prepare for the unknown.
Try as I might, I am not omniscient.
I am not God.
In my flesh, I find this reality terribly frightening. Like Eve, I desire the ability to know and understand as He does. I long be ‘like God’, knowing good and evil, competent to lead and direct my life because I have all the facts.
But, this desire, fueled by pride and self-reliance, is utterly futile.
Facing the stark reality that I am too foolish, weak, or ignorant to lead my own life used to leave me feeling desperately inadequate.
The truth is, sometimes it still does.
In the darkness of my situation, I anxiously grope for something familiar, and strong, that can alleviate my fear, and guide me along my path, and into the light.
If I allow myself to give in to my flesh, I will begin to worry that I will never escape the blackness that threatens to engulf me.
And just as His grace is sure and certain,
Even in my moments, or seasons, of darkness, my God relentlessly pursues me in love. He stands beside me, holding out his hand to steady me and lead me back to Himself. He is the truth and the light, and all who follow Him have the light of life.
The light of Christ breaks through the coldest, darkest situations, freeing us from the captivity of fear and doubt. It not only allows us to see where we are, but enables us to catch a glimpse of where we are going. Like the distant outline of a great and beautiful city, we can just barely make out the wonder ahead of us. His light also allows us to clearly see how far we have come, where we have come from, and all that we have made it through. With our path now more clearly illuminated, we find new courage and are empowered to stand on new and renewed faith.
Yes, in this world we will face trouble. And in the tentative uncertainty of our situation, we will struggle against worry, dread, and perhaps even heartbreak.
But only until the morning.
Be encouraged dear one,
And with it, the blessed light of the Son.
“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” – Psalms 30:5
For further study- Hebrews 10
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