As individuals we are fearful whenever we are faced with newness of some sort, be it becoming a new parent, a new job/boss, new surroundings, new ways of thinking, and the list goes on…I guess whenever things are unknown to us we become fearful because we are trusting our own selves and the situations we are faced with as opposed to trusting in the Lord to be the source and light of our darkness/fear. I know it may seem easy from someone on the outside looking in but I can attest to the fact that a lot of things seem harder than they actually are because the evil one places that fear within us in order for us to doubt ourselves as well as the things that God has for us. Have you ever asked God to show you a sign based on something you have been praying about? Lo and behold, you get the sign that you asked for and you still doubt if that is really what God is telling you, duh!…been there, done that, and to an extent still doing it to a lesser degree. I didn’t claim to be perfect; I am and still will be a work in progress. I am guilty as charged in that regard, I have to keep reminding myself that I am not doing things for myself, only for Him who sent me. I am definitely not out of the woods when it comes to clarity from God because my own selfish ambitions get in the way at times especially when I refuse to take “me” out of the situation to let Him shine through.
It is obvious that fear in and of itself is a trap to get us to remain in a constant dependence on the “what if’s” in our lives. “What if I change jobs and not have…what if I move and can’t do…what if I settle rather than negotiate for…and the list goes on. According to 1 John 4:18, (NIV), “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” Good works against evil and in the end, good always prevails, always. In essence, goodness tends to outlast evil no matter how you look at it.
The next time something is new or different, know that He already knows what it is and trust Him to see you through it because He never fails, never!
Diane A. Green is an awesome wife to a wonderful husband, the mother of two beautiful girls, a Human Capital professional and an aspiring author.