• Felecia Datus

What to do when you're worried about the Future

Updated: Apr 25, 2018

Have you ever felt as if your future was suddenly torn up? In one moment, something happened that completely changed the trajectory of your life. Perhaps your fiancé called off the wedding, you lost your job, your spouse passes away or you get diagnosed with a terminal illness. Whatever the case, there are things that happen that tears up your future and you begin to wonder how God could possibly patch up a torn-up future.

I faced a dilemma the past week that put a huge question mark over my future. A foundation that I thought was secure and stable, suddenly turned into quicksand. I was sinking…fast. At first, I calmly pulled out my artillery of scripture and let the words shoot out doubt, fear, and worry. “Don’t worry, everything will be fine. Everything’s fine.” I asked a few friends to pray. I kept breathing. “Everything will be ok. Keep smiling. You’re ok.” Then, out of nowhere, a dark body of fear rose up from the battle field. The reality of the situation smacked me right in the face and a floodgate of tears began to pour. I was scared about facing the future.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you…to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11).

Imagine a little girl sitting at the kitchen table, writing out what she plans to do for the day. It’s the peak of summer and she thinks about riding her bike with her best friend, then splashing in the pool, and later enjoying an ice-cream cone. She proudly makes her list using variety of colors from her crayon box. She looks at the sheet of paper, with brightly colored words and smiles. As she reaches for another crayon to add a finishing touch, she accidentally knocks over her cup of grape juice. It splashes over the table, onto her paper, ruining it. Her sobs bring her mother into the kitchen where she explains that her list is ruined. “I have no more paper,” she manages to say through tears. Her mother looks at her tenderly and says reassuringly, “Oh sweetheart, there’s more of that where it came from! Your dad owns a paper mill. He makes paper!”

Yes, God makes futures! He holds time in His hands. He promises to give us a future and an expected end. Things will happen in life that will throw a wrench in your future. You might feel as if your future is suddenly shredded to pieces but God can craft a better one for you. In those moments, the eternality of God is what will keep us from falling apart. Knowing that He is the Beginning and the End (Rev.1:8) and experiencing Him as One who holds the past, present, and future will cause anxiety and worry to melt away.

“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim.1:7).

As I began to see and experience God as a Future-Maker, my worry and anxiety turned into joy and eager expectation! While I wait to find out the next steps in my life, I am assured that no matter what happens, God is with me. When your life takes a sudden turn and you’re no longer sure about the future, allow your mind to be consumed by the reality of who God is and remember the following:

1. He knows every single day of your life (Psalm 139:16)

2. His presence will be with you (Ex. 33:14)

3. He will never leave you, no matter what (Deut. 31:6)

At Highland Avenue, we want you to know that you have a family who is here with you and for you no matter what. Because of Highland, I have a circle to walk with me while God is crafting a new future for me. You too can find a circle of faith here. Join us for Mid-Week Oasis on Wednesday evenings, or join us on Saturday mornings. If you missed any of the sermons, catch them on HAVCHURCH TV!

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