I have to admit that I am scared. The new school year is quickly approaching (Monkey’s first day is August 23d!) and I feel like I am ill prepared to take this on. I’m scared of failing to educate her the way she deserves. I’m scared of failing financially in my business and then having to take a more full-time position and therefore quit homeschooling.
And here’s a kicker….I’m scared of succeeding and not being able to handle it well. With humility, grace, and gratitude. Even though that may seem like a silly notion, I’m sure you all can relate. You know the situations where you’ve been praying fervently for something, waiting patiently and with expectation. Then it finally arrives and you either feel like it’s too good to be true, so you ignore or deny God’s hand in the circumstances. Or you start feeling yourself a little too much, forget to give God the glory. Or somehow forget to keep seeking God in your success and things eventually fall apart.
Either way, I have to shake off this fear. I have to walk in confidence that His promises are not empty. And it is hard, but not impossible. It is a moment to moment, and sometimes second to second decision to choose trust. Even in the process of writing this post, I’ve volleyed back and forth between the two extremes – choosing to stand in belief or fall victim to giving up.
But one thing I can say is that I’ve never seen Him fail. Ever. Even in those times where I felt abandoned or was caught up in how things “didn’t work out,” I can look back and say He was there, with me every doubt-filled step despite my emotional misgivings. The times I thought my world was falling apart were actually just opportunities for me to return to the path He had set rather than trying to carry on in my own, destructive ways.
So for those of you who are waiting on something, whether big or small. Or are discouraged because you feel like you are alone or that He’s forgotten about you, I beg you not to let your emotions win. Not to let your lack of control during these times determine how you will proceed. Not to let your lack of patience result in settling for less.
And even if things don’t turn out the way you thought they would, or the picture didn’t quite develop as quickly as expected, that does not mean He has failed you. Because “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake” (2 Peter 3:9). Not because he’s trying to punish you, but because He knows best. If He didn’t He wouldn’t be God.
So what will you choose today? Trust and surrender? Or fear and despair?