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Do you ever wonder what David felt like on the eve of his coronation? Or Mary’s feelings when her water broke? How about Noah on the day that the ark was shut? Or Paul on the day his eyes were literally opened?
They were each prepared ahead of time for these events. Each person was told that such an occasion was coming. Yet, I wonder how they felt at that moment — the one before the real adventure finally began.
I picture it a bit like a roller coaster. When climbing the first hill, the excitement builds and builds. Nervous laughter and words of anticipation are exchanged with the person I’m riding with.
I knew what was coming and I willfully allowed myself to be a part of the experience. However, as the car slows down before it plunges me down that first great mountain and onto the twists, turns, loops, and ups and down, my words cease and I always find myself wondering why I put myself through such torture. I question my own judgement and the wisdom of the person who designed such a contraption.
There are times in life when good changes are right before us — a promotion at work, a recent graduation, a wedding day, a child entering the home, or a fulfillment of one of God’s personal promises — yet fear, doubts, and concerns creep in and make us question our own judgement and the wisdom of God.
Yes, I doubt the wisdom of God in these moments. I hope that you never do but I highly doubt that I’m alone. In these moments of doubt, I wonder if God really knows what He’s doing. I wonder if His wires are crossed and maybe I’m tackling someone else’s journey. Someone more qualified and less full of fear.
For years, I’ve prayed for God to open the door to His plans for my life when He was ready. I prayed for patience as I waited. I prayed for His will and His timing. I prayed for faithfulness with where I was. And I prayed for wisdom to know when to move and when to wait. I prayed that God would direct my learning and that He would teach me the things I need to know for that future.
I desired to dwell with God in the metaphorical hallway and yet I prayed that I would be ready when the door opened. However, the door is now showing signs of movement and while excited, I am realizing that I didn’t spend nearly enough time praying against the fear that I would feel.
Thankfully, God in His infinite wisdom and understanding spoke promises across the ages for such a time as this. If you are feeling fear, doubt, or any sort of concern with an impending change in life, take heart with these verses.
John 14:27 (ESV) — Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Philippians 1:6 (ESV) — And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) — For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (NIV) — May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
2 Peter 2:9 (ESV) — But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Psalm 55:22 (ESV) — Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Isaiah 41:13 (ESV) — For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) — Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV) — For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Hebrews 13:6 (ESV) — So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
Are there any other verses that you would add to this list? What encourages you when you’re about to embark on something new?