My times are in your hands...
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
One week from today my daughter starts kindergarten. She is my oldest child, and I'm not ready for it. I knew it was coming, but now that it's upon me I don't like it one bit.
Thinking about the future can bring up a lot of different feelings in our lives. Like me, you may be looking ahead at something difficult that you would just as soon avoid. Or maybe there's something just around the bend in your life for which you have been waiting a long time. Or, perhaps worst of all, your future may be a big question mark. You know you are approaching a fork in the road, but you have absolutely no idea which way to go.
Thinking about the future can make you feel anxious, unsettled, excited, or even afraid. You may want to hold your future off a bit longer or you may feel like you can't wait another minute for it to get here. Either way, it doesn't matter; because the most difficult thing about the future is that it doesn't care about our feelings. No matter how you feel about it, your future marches to meet you at its own determined pace. You can't stop it. You can't slow it down. And you can't speed it up. So, what can we do? Take comfort in reminding yourself Who is in control.
God holds your future. Whatever is going to happen will be worked out according to His plan for the good of His children (Romans 8:28). It will happen in His perfect time. And His Spirit inside you will be your guide so you know which way to go when you get to that fork in the road. So, trust God with your future! Walk according to His Word. Keep in step with His Spirit. And leave the rest in His hands. Matthew 6:34 says, "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself."
I still don't like having to send my little girl out into the big wide world, but it gives me comfort knowing that she has an infinitely good God to walk with her through her days. So even when her earthly daddy can't be with her, her Heavenly Father will be.