The gossamer fibers of a milkweed pod represent an end to one growing season and hint at the beginning of a new one.

 

On days when I feel anxious about my future, I go to God’s word. Two passages that author Lysa TerKeurst highlighted in Uninvited have been especially helpful reminders to me of how God loves his children.

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing (Zephaniah 3:17 ESV).

… God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved … (Colossians 3:12 NIV).

When I “live loved,” my worry or fear is replaced with assurance and confidence in God and the sufficientcy of his grace for each moment.

I also like singing along to Casting Crowns’ song.

Already There

From where I’m standing, Lord, it’s so hard for me to see where this is going and where you’re leading me. I wish I knew how all my fears and all my questions are going to play out in a world I can’t control. In a world I can’t control.

When I’m lost in the mystery, to you my future is a memory.

‘Cause you’re already there. You’re already there — standing at the end of my life, waiting on the other side. And you’re already there. You’re already there.

From where you’re standing, Lord, you see a grand design that you imagined when you breathed me into life. And all the chaos comes together in your hands like a masterpiece of your picture-perfect plan.

When I’m lost in the mystery, to you my future is a memory.

One day I’ll stand before you and look back on the life I’ve lived. I can’t wait to enjoy the view and see how all the pieces fit.

One day I’ll stand before you and look back on the life I’ve lived. ‘Cause you’re already there. You’re already there.

When I’m lost in the mystery, to you my future is a memory. ‘Cause you’re already there. You’re already there — standing at the end of my life, waiting on the other side. And you’re already there. You’re already there.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”  (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).

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