Monday, July 15, 2013

It's Only Scary When You Don't Know How It Ends

I overhear my children talk as they're watching a video.  It's one they've seen before, and they're coming to a suspenseful scene.

My five-year-old grows nervous.  "I don't want to watch.  This is scary."

"It's only scary when you don't know how it ends," my eight-year-old responds, matter-of-factly.  "You know that everything works out, so you don't need to be scared."

I'm sweeping the kitchen floor as she says this, and I mull over her words: "It's only scary when you don't know how it ends."

I've been fearful lately.  I have friends who are wrestling with profound problems and hurts: personal challenges, relational difficulties, financial setbacks, emotional struggles, and health issues.  My heart aches for them.  I face mountains of my own that drain my hope and energy, leaving me discouraged and weary.

I don't know how these situations will end -- any of them -- and it's scary.  I'm not prescient.  I can't peer into the future and know with certainty that they'll resolve satisfactorily.  My perspective is limited.

Yet, I do the one thing I know to do: I rest on the promises of God. 

I remember Jesus' invitation: "Come to me, you who are tired and weary, and I will give you rest."  I meditate on God's plans for our lives.  I cast my cares on the Lord, trusting that He will sustain me.

It's a strange paradox, perhaps.  On one hand, I don't know how these stories will end; on the other hand, I do.  Regardless of how particular circumstances unfold, "we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

God knows how our stories end, and He's promised to be with us always, even to the end of the age.  He's not scared.  I'll follow his lead.


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6 comments:

  1. Boy, I can relate to this one. I actually had a conversation with God this morning. I was fretting and worrying, but every time a concern came up, the Spirit replied with the perfect verse. I finally gave up on worrying and got on with my day. :)

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  2. I'm with you Robin. I have been doing a deep study on fear this month, mostly because I am being called out and not knowing what's next, not knowing that I won't mess it all up is scary. I hesitated to step out because of fear. But then He reminded me that even if we don't know how it ends or what the journey will look like that we will be victorious...simply because HE IS. That changes everything. No matter what happens He is still God, He still sits on the throne, He still loves us, He still has the final word, He still has the power to move mountains, He still has the ability to cover me with His feathers, His promises are still true. ::selah::


    Oh, I could go on and on but I know you get it. Praying for your hurting friends. Praying they know that whatever they are facing isn't too difficult for the Lord and, He definitely works all things together for our good. So excited to know that while my vision is limited He truly sees and knows it all and He is for me!

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  3. Out of the mouths of babes hey?! This message was for you and yes, we need to rest in God's promises.

    I love this post and thank you for the reminder.

    Wishing you a blessed week.
    xoxo

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  4. I'm often amazed at how my children can speak such wisdom into my own life, often without them even knowing that they're doing so.
    Wishing you a blessed week, too, Jennifer!

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  5. Thank you for your prayers for my friends, Diana, and for your gentle heart. Yes, God is bigger than our fears!

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  6. That final line brings such a smile to my face: "I finally gave up on worrying and got on with my day." Yes! Love it!

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