Fear … how it can be stifling and crippling, or a reason to be encouraged to go to the remover of fear, the One that wants to take ahold of our fears. Waiting is hard, it really stinks. The unknown is hard, it really stinks. Creating scenarios in your head that you then fear is hard, it really stinks. Why do we do that?
I feel like many days I hope for the best, but prepare mentally for the worst. What will we do if we don’t get her home? What will we do if we become legally her parents but can’t get her out of Ghana? What happens if she comes home and the reality of her trauma is far worse than we hoped for? What if, in these crazy days of “police hating” Chris is shot tomorrow? What if one of my kids is critically injured? What if …
I was reminded a couple of weeks ago through the blessing of an honest, Truth speaking pastor, that God is here, He promises to never leave us and He provides the mercies needed for the battle of each day. A reminder to keep the perspective that it isn’t about my abilities to conquer, that my situation is not unique and we should not underestimate the ability of God. When I am weighed down by the fear of the wait, or the fear of sending my husband to work each day I cannot be lost in the “what if’s” … I would encourage you to remember this today as well. Use today’s mercies to fight today’s troubles … He will provide the mercies needed to battle what comes tomorrow, or in the future.
Lamentations 3:22-23~ 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Matthew 6:34 ~ 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.