Anxiety. Worry. Fear of the unknown.
We’ve all had it.
Some of us deal with it just on occasion. Others of us…well, we basically live in it. 24 hours a day.
And for those, it’s just exhausting.
And it’s a lie.
A tactic to steal our happiness.
To steal our security.
To steal our time. Precious, precious time.
We worry and we fret, and minute by minute it slips away.
On a lie.
But this is the truth:
God goes before us.
Whatever we are stepping into, He’s already there.
He has prepared the path.
Yes, our choices, and the choices of others may have set us on that path.
But no matter what turns that path takes,
He goes before us.
When I found out about the affair,
One after another He put people and resources in my path to guide me through it.
Some I knew of, but didn’t really know personally, and they reached out and spoke words of hope and comfort to me. Others had been close to me forever. But they were all there for a purpose. As each one spoke into my life I remember being amazed at how they had been placed so strategically even before any of this happened.
Because He knew.
He knew I would need them.
And now I see how I’ve been placed in other people’s paths.
People that need to hear my story. People that I can give hope to. People that I never would have connected with otherwise.
Just last week, I got a message from a woman. She wanted to thank me for stepping out of my comfort zone and sharing my story. A few days after hearing me speak, she found out her husband was cheating.
God put me in her path, so that when she faced what I faced, she would remember the words I spoke and know that no matter what, whether the marriage survives or even if it doesn’t, if she will keep her focus on him, God will redeem her story and bring goodness to her.
He goes before us.
In another situation, I was dreading something hard that I knew I had to do this week.
I was filled with anxiety and worry about it, and about how the next few weeks would play out.
But when it came down to it, it went surprisingly well. It was still hard, but not in the way that I had expected. I know why it went so well.
It’s because He goes before us.
Jeff and I have prayed for new opportunities over the past few months. Opportunities to put our family in a better place financially. Opportunities to lower the stress in our lives.
And in the past week, we believe we are seeing those opportunities arise. I’ve had to step out of my comfort zone again, and make a decision in faith.
And we both feel good about it and have confidence that there is good stuff ahead in that area.
Because we know He goes before us.
He is making the way.
And not just in the big stuff.
In the little stuff too.
Last night we were headed out for a special early anniversary date. We got in the car after having dinner and headed towards Atlanta.
Suddenly, our headlights go out. BOTH of them…while we are driving on the expressway.
We can’t go to Atlanta with no headlights. And our tickets are date specific and non-refundable.
20 seconds later as we are preparing to pull over, I look up and on the corner at the next red-light, is an auto parts store.
We pull in, get the bulbs, and Jeff changes the headlights, and we are off safely to our special date.
If those lights had blown just a few minutes later after we left the expressway and gotten onto the interstate, it could have been disastrous. But instead they blew minutes before that and literally 30 seconds ahead of an auto parts store.
Because He goes before us.
I use to live in fear. A lot of fear. Of so many things. Of change. Of not being enough. Of worst case scenarios. Of what ifs.
But the past year has taught me a very important lesson. A lesson that is invaluable.
The lesson is this:
Anxiety is nothing more than a lie.
Worry is nothing more than a lie.
Fear is nothing more than a lie.
Because no matter what comes for us, He is there. No matter what hardship or sadness or pain our paths lead us through, He’s already there. He’s paved the path. He’s prepared the way. He’s put in place every single thing we need. All we have to do is trust Him.
He’s got us.
He LOVES us.
He works ALL things for our good.
We don’t have to worry. We don’t have to be afraid. We just have to trust Him. We just have to trust in His goodness.
And when we do, the goodness comes pouring in.
POURING in abundantly.
We can walk in the confidence that He has goodness for us.
That in Him we will find everything we need.
I am not afraid anymore.
I don’t want you to be either.
Don’t let those fears hold you back.
The fear of change. Of worst case scenarios. Of not being enough. Of all the what ifs.
Some of you just need to let go of the anxiety and worry and rest in the fact that He knows the plans He has for you, and that they are always, always good.
Some of you need to take it a step further and step out of your comfort zone. Some of you need to know that there’s so much goodness out there if you’ll just get past taking that step. And that goodness may not be just for you. You may bring goodness to people that you wouldn’t have, had you not stepped out of your comfort zone. Scratch that. You WILL bring goodness to people that you otherwise would have never been in the position to before. That is a fact.
Stop letting the doubts and the worry keep you from becoming the person God intended you to be.
Stop letting the fear steal your happiness.
Your precious time.
Stop letting it steal the goodness of THIS day.
The goodness of THIS moment.
Don’t listen to the lies of fear and worry.
Listen to the truth.
Look for the goodness. Thank God for His love and His protection and His abundant favor.
It overwhelms me, this truth.
That He doesn’t miss a single detail.
That every single step we take,
He goes before us.
“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
Amy Thurston Gordy