With the arrival of the new year, many people focus on beginnings—a time to establish goals with an optimistic outlook and a period of high hopes for a better future. However, what happens when you do not experience this perspective? How do you tend to those feelings of insecurity?
Personally, I confess to having these feelings of doubt at the beginning of my journey into 2012. Over the last few weeks, I have assisted my fiancée with the process of preparing and packing for his ten-week venture to Fort Wayne to acquire training for the hopes of a better career. Through this period, several questions have tossed around in my head as I have continuously communicated my concerns to the Lord. “How will this impact our future?” “How will this affect the current state of our relationship?” “What are Your plans, God, with all of this?” The emotional, mental, and physical disturbance of concentrating and attempting to prepare for the unknowns of one’s future only leads to stress and chaos along with a lack of calmness and peace.
Reflecting on the last few weeks, though, has guided me in reaching two conclusions. First, the uncertainties in life parallel those that we face in the hospital daily. Patients and families worry about their test results and new diagnoses, how they will cope and manage physically after leaving the hospital, and how this will affect their loved ones. Associates, on the other hand, are continuously forced to prioritize and multi-task their current responsibilities along with preparing for those that will demand attention later in their shift.
Secondly, I have learned that the Lord will serve as the ultimate guide in our lives, especially though the unknown territories of our futures. He will “never leave us [nor] forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5). God further “appoints a time for everything” and “encourages us to trust in Him, not our own understanding,” and “He will direct our paths” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-15; Proverbs 3:5-6). In Jeremiah 29:11, He further states, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Reading these words of encouragement that the Lord has offered, I know I must never lose faith, for I am always sitting in the palm of my Creator’s hand. I must realign the focus of my life with the motto “Let Go, Let God,” for He knows best what I need—even more than myself. Thus, in this new year of 2012, I challenge you to embark with me on a journey that looks continuously to the Almighty One, following Him with certainty as He leads through all the uncertainties.