Reflections 2 weeks later

22 04 2010

Lately I have been spending a lot of time thinking about what life is going to look like over the next couple months.  44 days away from wedding day, 102 days from moving to Dallas, 124 days away from jumping back into a classroom at Dallas Theological, and 125 days away from being 23 years old (an age I have always feared).  After I finally got the chance to share some of my bittersweet feelings about leaving Jefferson, Georgia for Dallas, Texas with those closest to me and deal with the initial reactions, I find myself both nervous and anxious for the future.  As those countdowns get closer and closer I find myself waking up stressed out and a little worried about the unknown.  In those moments I find myself in Matthew 6 seeking encouragement from Christ who tells me not to worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself.  However, today I noticed that just prior to that verse (Matthew 6:34) is the verse I should have noticed first.  “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.”  I realized as I read and memorized that verse that what the future holds is Christ’s path for my life (and Megan’s) and in that I should find great joy.  Francis Chan defines worry and stress in his book “Crazy Love”  like this:

Worry implies that we don’t quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what is happening in our lives.

Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace toward others, or our tight grip of control.

That is a slap in my face and a kick in my butt.  Pslam 16:11 tells me that in the Lord’s presence is fullness of joy and that ONLY He can reveal the paths of life.  In that I should trust and in that I can be excited (not stressed or worried) about the future.  Since my God is big enough to save me, keep me, and guide me, He is certainly big enough to both provide and comfort Megan and I as we head into the next 125 days and further.

Bottomline: Don’t trust my word for it.  Trust His Word for it.  Your future, whether it’s college, graduation, prom, marriage, an empty nest (or closer to one),  a different church, a different state, or whatever the Lord has for you, is in His more than capable hands and to stress or worry about is to try and make us more powerful than Him.

Love yall!

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