I was scared and anxious about something that wasn’t even my reality yet. The thoughts consumed me of woulda, shoulda, coulda’s. This was new, unchartered waters for our family. New place, new people, new culture, new language, new food, new everything. My inner super planner self was freaking out. Not knowing how things were going to turn out was quite scary. My mind was going crazy and overload with fears. I needed my to-do-list in order to start checking things off so I could have some control of how my life is going to turn out.
I began rehearsing scripture verses out loud because I knew that was the only place I could find my inner calm. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails (Proverbs 19:21). The word “purpose” comforted my anxious thoughts. I rehearsed over and over Jeremiah 29:11. God’s plan for me are plans to prosper me and never to harm me”. I was in good hands. I could trust the One who was in control of this new journey, this new opportunity. God is a God of newness, fresh starts and new beginnings (Is 43:19). I took a deep breath and decided to trust the Lord with this new journey and rest in His Sovereign ability to fill in all the gaps.
He works ALL things for our good (Romans 8:28).
He reminded me that He is already Present in my tomorrows.
Tears rolled down my cheeks as those words soothe my heart and peace walked into my prayer closet that night and took a hold of me, and I pray He (the Comforter) never let’s go.
Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm (Mark 4:39).
What is the wind in your life that you need to speak peace to? What is stealing your peace and rest? The word of God is relevant for your current situation or season. Speak it, until the winds cease and His truth becomes your reality.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverb 3:5-6).
Don’t let the familiarity of this scripture verse cause you to miss the powerful instruction and insight given to overcome anxiety, stress, worry and walking in unchartered waters. The key to peace when the outcome is hazy and uncertain when the right choice frightens us is TRUST. Trust in His ability, His sovereignty, His nature, and His word.
What hard choice are you confronting today? Your situation may not look like mine or like Abraham and Sarah who was promised to have a child in their old age, like Moses who had to confront His pass, like Daniel who stood up against culture, like Joseph who had to walk out forgiveness from family betrayal and imprisonment from false accusations, and like David who waited over 20 years to sit on the throne as king, but the same question is asked. Do you trust me?
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