I have learned something about myself over these last few years and especially the last few months….
I spend way too much time thinking about the future.
I know that may sound strange to some of you right now. And don’t get me wrong. I haven’t gone off the deep end and embraced the whole eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die philosophy.
There are plenty of Scriptures that talk about the future.
Always watching for His return…
I’m talking about the things our minds play chase with… like where we’ll be in a year, or six months—financially, physically, geographically? What if……….? Will God do this or will He do that? When will this ever…..? Could you please heal………now? Are you going to heal……..ever? Is that even your plan? Is this your will? Show me this or that? Please!
Then, there’s the children and their futures.
Not that any of those things are wrong…plans for the future have their place.
Just for me (and maybe I’m all alone in this), that looking ahead can sometimes translate fairly quickly into an unhealthy sense of worry or an anxious heart.
And we are reminded about that in the same place…God’s Word.
I have found a much better, healthier posture for me lies not so much in eyes straight ahead, head forward looking toward the future, but more of a head thrown back, eyes turned toward the heavens and arms outstretched.
When my focus is Him, the rest falls into place.
Francesca says it well..”But when I fix my eyes on all that You are
Then every doubt I feel
Deep in my heart
Grows strangely dim
All my worries fade
And fall to the ground
Cause when I seek Your face
And don’t look around
Any place I’m in
Grows strangely dim.”
Balance. It’s a tightrope walk, isn’t it?
But walk we must.
With plans for the future tucked firmly in the palm of His hand. Ready to change at a moment’s notice. Or without notice.
Just walk in His ways. Holding His hand. One step at a time.
What about you? I’d love to hear your story….