Are You Ready for the Future?
Every fork in the road leads to somewhere unknown. Life is filled with unexpected twists and turns, with many trials and painful turning points that we cannot escape. It’s an inevitable fact of this wild ride of life.
For some, this can cause a lot of anxiety as we navigate the unknown paths of life. Perhaps we will end up avoiding things that are good for us or sitting down at the next fork in the road out of fear.
Perhaps we will no longer take risks and decide to sit life out, letting life slip by as we sit safely at the present.
We will feel safe, but are we safe from all pain and risk simply by not embracing the future?
The thing is, we may feel like we’re sitting life out there at the fork in the road.
We may feel that we’re not taking risks or moving forward, but by simply sitting there we are taking another risk.
The risk of missing out on the good things waiting for us.
Life moves forward whether we want it to or not. The future is ours whether we fear it or not.
Proverbs 31:25 She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.
When things seem to be going badly and circumstances are not matching our ideals, we (both men and women, although the proverb is speaking directly to “she”) can clothe ourselves with strength and dignity and laugh bravely in the face of the future.
When our mind and hearts are set on God and His overflowing love for us, and in that love we are made new, we are then made strong and vibrant and able to withstand suffering, trials, and yes, the unknown lying there before us.
We can embrace what is to come and what has already happened with strength and dignity when we rely on God and immerse ourselves in His unconditional love. It is only through Him that we’ll find the strength and dignity we need to clothe ourselves in.
We will never be able to escape risk or pain. When we try to escape pain we only end up bringing ourselves more pain and isolation. It’s by pushing ourselves forward that we overcome our fears and begin to open ourselves up to the possibility of true love and transformation.
The good news is that God is always there with us. We may feel like we are navigating the dark path alone and that the fork in the road is making it impossible to discern which way to go, but God is with us every step of the way waiting and willing to guide us closer to Him and deeper into the beauty life can offer us. We are never truly alone. Continue Living Scripture Strong!