I Don’t Have a Plan…Now What?
The thought of being unprepared for the future freaks most people out. But sometimes living in the land of the unfamiliar is the most peaceful place on earth.
Learning to trust God in times of uncertainty has been the toughest lesson of my life.
We have all been guilty of not placing our full trust in God. Sometimes following the plan that we have created seems much easier and often safer. After all, at least our plan is neatly spelled out and has some foreseeable results. Unlike God’s plan, which can appear to be full of ambiguity.
If you’re like me, you want to know everything upfront. Surprises aren’t all that fun! When things are unclear, we may become frustrated or discouraged. You may even feel irresponsible and somewhat out of balance. This is exactly how I felt.
But after years of being tormented by the fear of the unknown, I finally found comfort in this statement.
“God has released you from the responsibility of knowing everything…He just needs you to trust.”
But how do we learn to trust God? Here are three practical tips for those of us who struggle to “Let go and let God!”
Tip 1: Remember God’s Faithfulness
If we struggle to trust God, it’s probably because at some point we became convinced that He was untrustworthy. But the truth is, God does exactly what He says He will do. He’s been faithful to humanity since the beginning of time. The problem is that we forget this truth when faced with uncertainty. One of the first steps to learning how to trust God is to recall the moments when He has been faithful to us personally. Keep a written account of the times you have seen God show up in your situation and refer to it often. Every time you read it your faith will get stronger and trusting God will become easier.
Tip 2: Remember God’s Promises
The Bible is full of promises that God has made to us. If you’re feeling discouraged because of uncertainties you’re facing— Pull out your bible! Look up scriptures that relate to your particular situation. Here is one of the scriptures I read when I am having anxiety about the future.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Philippians 4:6–8
Tip 3: Stay Connected
Getting plugged in and staying connected to mature Christians will help you through times of uncertainty. Our relationship with the local church becomes most significant during these seasons of our lives. It is not always easy to admit that we’re feeling discouraged, but it’s healthy to do so in a safe environment. Discipleship is vital to the Body of Christ. When you’re unsure of what to do, stay connected to people who have traveled a similar road and come out on the other side.
Just because you love God doesn’t mean you won’t have hard days. It just means that you have space to grow and develop. Learning to trust God is a process. Take small steps of faith and watch how God shows up. The ultimate reward of trusting God is PEACE OF MIND! We don’t have to struggle with unnecessary anxiety. Remember He loves you and only wants what’s best. Trust Him!
Sharlene Alice Provilus