For the times when the future scares you

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The future
God, listen to me shout, bend an ear to my prayer. When I’m far from anywhere, down to my last gasp, I call out, “Guide me up High Rock Mountain!” Psalm 61:2 (MSG)

I don’t like not knowing what is ahead of me.

I realised this while driving this morning. 

A delivery truck pulled in front of me and then braked. 

The lane I was in stopped moving and I didn’t know why. 

It frustrated me so much. I sat and watched other cars pass me and all I could do was sit and wait for my lane to move. I didn’t know what was holding me up and I couldn’t see past the delivery truck in front of me.

I felt myself getting anxious.

Then I wondered if maybe I was anxious about more than not being able to see what was causing the delay in the traffic.

I start a new job tomorrow. And a few months after that my husband and are planning to move continents. There is a lot of uncertainty in my life at the moment. 

I don’t like not knowing what is ahead of me. 

I like certainty and control. 

In the last few years with my husband’s cancer diagnosis I have had very little of these things.

In fact the one constant in all of this was my job. Now that is changing too and I find myself identifying the phrase in Psalm 61:2 about my heart being overwhelmed.

I remember the prayer David utters right after that, 
“Lord, guide me!” 
Prayer Lord guide me
I start praying it. Praying it as I drive behind a big delivery truck. 

Lord, guide me.

Praying it as I pick up a few things I need before my new job.

Lord, guide me. (tweet this)

And I’ll be praying it tomorrow as I walk into a new job not knowing what is ahead of me. 

Lord, guide me.

I may not know what the future holds but I do know the one who holds the future. And for now, that is enough. (tweet this)

Ponder: What things are you worried about the future? Have you reached the point where you are ready to pray, “Lord, guide me!”?

Prayer: Lord, guide me.
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