April 8 – Fear – Fear for the Future

Read Matthew 6:34

Being the grandmother of very athletic grandkids, I have spent many hours watching kids play all kinds of sports.  When they were in elementary school, I always found it amusing to see the coaches, in frustration, call for a time out and whip out their white boards and spend the whole time plotting their “plan of attack”. What was amusing was their continued frustration when their “plan” didn’t work.  One thing was missing in that plan and that was the players on the other team getting in the way!

That is so true of life in general. “The best laid plans of mice and men can often go awry!”  Well planned days, weddings, reunions, parties, holidays or trips can turn into disasters by one person who didn’t see our “game plan” or had one of their own.  That is when the “Bridezillas” come out, when family arguments start, or hurt feelings that cause broken friendships start to fester.  We had wasted all our “todays” worrying about our “tomorrows”! 

This is no better illustrated in the Bible than with the disciples.  They had a plan for what they thought was going to happen in the future, but God had another plan. The conflict resulted in their fear, confusion, denial, betrayal and even suicide! It wasn’t until they stopped fearing, regrouped and made God’s plan THEIR plan that they moved forward in miraculous ways.

Back in 1980 I was scheduled for possible back surgery.  Doctors couldn’t see anything on the x-ray to tell them what was wrong with my back so I was sent to the hospital for tests.  I was told to expect pain.  Of course, the 3 week wait until I actually was scheduled to go only lead to more fear. By the time for me to go in came around, I was hysterical. The pain that I had built up in my mind through worry was way worse than what actually happened. It was only when I finally gave up control to God that I made it through the week of tests where I was stuck with a needle over 100 times (yes, I really did count). The subsequent operation and recovery was just fine.  The time I wasted worrying about what I had built up in my mind was truly wasted.

Lyrics from one of my favorite songs are this:

“Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand but I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand.”

Do you know God is holding your hand as you face whatever tomorrow has in store for you? We aren’t guaranteed good health, wealth and happiness but we are guaranteed a Father in heaven who loves us and will NEVER let us go!  Reach out and let Him hold your hand today!


Pat Arnold

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