She “Laughs without Fear of the Future?” I wish I could say this was true of me, but …
Overcome with Fear and thoughts about the corona-virus and our future – I was not laughing. Instead, I sat with my husband trying to discuss some concrete plans for all my “what if’s”.
To begin with …
- What would happen if he caught the virus (he’s considered high risk)
- Likewise, what would happen if I caught the virus?
- And worse … How would we cope if he passed away ?
- Consequently, how would our children cope if we both passed?
- What if I had to take over his business?
- Could I do my coaching while running his business?
- What if ….., What if ….., What if …..
Can you relate?
Have you had any similar fears and thoughts?
My poor husband was being gracious, but I was getting more anxious as so many fears and ‘what ifs’ flooded in!
Now it’s not wrong to have some practical plans in place. We did have, but I was just on a downward spiral based in fear.
And then the Lord gently spoke to my heart.
“Let go. You are trying to control the future – which you can never do. Enjoy the Gift of this Present Moment. I will give you the grace to cope with the “what if’s” – if and when you need to”
He reminded me that Corrie Ten Boom had once said:
“Father sat down on the edge of the narrow bed. “Corrie,” he began gently, “when you and I go to Amsterdam – when do I give you your ticket?” I sniffed a few times, considering this. “Why, just before we get on the train.””Exactly. And our wise Father in heaven knows when we’re going to need things, too. Don’t run out ahead of Him, Corrie. When the time comes that some of us will have to die, you will look into your heart and find the strength you need-just in time.”
Likewise, this lovely saying from my “Jesus Calling” daily devotional. I have it posted up on my cupboard:
“Trust Me enough to face problems as they come, rather than trying to anticipate them – and many difficulties on the road ahead will vanish before you reach them”
So, I was deeply convicted
– the Lord had been speaking to me about this already. But now, the lesson came deeply home!
“Do not be anxious – … about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” Philippians 4:6
“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12:22-26
and He reminded me…
“So do not fear, – …. for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
I asked forgiveness for being anxious and fearful for the future, and trying to control all the “what if’s” in my own understanding. How do you make plans for a future you have no control over? Therefore, I acknowledged that I was working totally in Fear – and not Faith, and not Trust!
I shared with my husband what the Lord was saying to me. Of course he agreed, and we dropped the whole conversation.
Change of Focus!
” Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” Philippians 4:8
Think about such things
I started to look around me, counting the abundance of blessings the Lord has poured out on us. So many! And I reminded myself … He will take care of us, and He will provide for all that we need, when we need it.
Therefore, to worry and be anxious only robs us of the joy here, now, today, and blinds us to the Gifts of grace all around us.
Yes, some discussions need to happen and some plans need to be made
– but only as the Lord leads in peace. Plans made in fear are based in the sin of seeking to control what should be left trustfully in God’s hands.
To Trust in Peace or to seek to Control in Fear
– the choice is always ours.
I’m so thankful to the Lord for His gentle teaching and correction, and learning to grow in Trust! Can I “Laugh without Fear of the Future?” Well – I’m learning!
I pray this lesson I learnt will be an encouragement when you are tempted to fear and control.
Blessings for Peace and Growth