God had other plans. He caused me to fall in love with a man who was perfect for me. My husband was the leader of a local college ministry. Suddenly, it seems, I was married to a ministry man. I willingly became a ministry woman. Instead of being afraid, I was following the Lord, and I really enjoyed it!
When the idea of moving so my husband could go to seminary came up, I balked. Could I tolerate living in a metropolitan area? I don’t know anyone. How will we pay for tuition? I don’t have a job. My memory was short. I had forgotten that God sustained me in the past. He reminded me that He would be there in the future. In the end, I saw that God works in my life and lovingly provides all that I need.
So, why are we so fearful of what God has for us? We know He is a kind Father. He equips us for what He calls us to do. He never fails. God sustains us through our trials. He forgives us when we sin and blesses us in spite of it. These promises are true for big life events, like getting married, and extend to smaller ministry details, like helping us open our hearts and homes to strangers.
When I am afraid of where God might be leading me, I try to remind myself of His goodness to me. I think of Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
I desire those kinds of plans in my life. A trustworthy Lord makes all His paths worthwhile. Let’s keep a proper view of God, who is leading us to a place where we don’t have to be afraid to go. We are headed toward a bright future and a secure hope.