Behind Every Closed Door
“If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness, and creativity.” — Eckhart Tolle
The only thing we know for certain in our lives is that someday, we are all going to die (hopefully when we are old and have lived a fulfilled life). That is the only future we can really predict, everything else about life is full of uncertainty. James 4: 15 has already told us – “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” We really cannot predict what will happen tomorrow, much less predict what will happen 10 years from now! This shows how limited we are, yet we keep making plans – “Tomorrow, I will bake a cake.” “I will be getting married in November,” “I will be having a baby next year.” “I will be travelling to Spain next week.” When we make such plans, what we are really doing is exercising our faith, and we do it with so much conviction because sometimes, we forget we have no control over “tomorrow.” There is one thing I practice when referring to the future, and I encourage you all to do the same – I never make plans for the future without including “By God’s Grace.” Why do I do this? Because only God knows “tomorrow,” only God can see and determine the future, and that is why I ask for His grace to manifest my so-called plans, though they might not always be in line with God plans.
We face uncertainty in every area of our lives – our careers, our marriages, our relationships. We never fully know if we will make the right choices. Some of us tend to rely on our instincts, but instincts alone are not sufficient in making life changing decisions. We must trust God to make the right decisions for us. We must trust that God will be with us even when we fail, and we will get back up stronger and better. Everyone craves security, and only God can provide the security that we so desire.
We spend too much time dwelling on what could have been, sulking and regretting some decisions we may have made, but that is not going to help us. Rather, it will lead to anxiety and depression. Every decision we have ever made led us exactly to where we are today. I am sure we have all made bad decisions, and are fearful to make more, but always remember that God has only good plans for us. He wants us to shine! As bright as possible. He has not promised that there will be no troubles, failures, and mistakes along the way, but He has a plan to works things out for our good ALWAYS (even when it does not feel like it at that moment).
God has promised us a secure future, and that is certain. We must not let “the fear of the unknown” consume us, rather we must continue looking towards God – the Author and Finisher of our faith. Our hope should always be in HIM. The hope for tomorrow and we must continue to live by this faith.