It’s day 18 of 31. We’re in the thick of this thing now. Yesterday, we looked at 15 (actually, it was 16) Bible verses that prove God has plans for your life. So. God has plans for your life. What does that have to do with anxiety?
Life is a given until it isn’t.
-Amanda Bible Williams
She Reads Truth
“But that’s just ten years from now,” I whispered. My husband squeezed my hand as we listened to my geneticist. Instantly, my mind flashed to what I thought I should be doing in ten years. Attending my son’s high school graduation. Celebrating my 23rd wedding anniversary. Still teaching a whole lot of yoga. Figuring out how to empty nest without a copious amount of kleenex. All of these givens were now…not.
“I know it’s hard to accept, but the life expectancy of someone with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos is usually cut short,” said the doctor with the soft voice from across the table. “Major medical events are guaranteed.”
I squeezed Tom’s hand in return and swiftly nodded. The anxious thoughts didn’t hit me just then. They waited until the house was quiet and the sky was black to invade whatever shreds of peace still remained. What followed over the next several months was the practice field of what you are reading now. Above all the tricks I had up my sleeve to manage my anxiety, it was Biblical truth that slayed it.
Through His Word, God graciously showed me how much He loves me, how He values me, how He made me, and how He sustains me. But the most glaring of Biblical truths was this: every moment wasted on anxiety is a moment missed of living.
God’s Word comforts and it convicts. For me, Matthew 6:27 does both.
I am comforted in the knowledge that my life expectancy is held by the creator of the universe. And it isn’t expected. It’s known. He knows the exact number of breaths I am to take on this earth. Nothing I do will change that.
I am convicted in the awareness that we have one shot at this life and God has plans for it. I don’t want to miss what He has in store for me because I was wasting my moments in fear of the unknown.
Together, you and I are embracing the courage to look anxiety in the eye and say I don’t believe you. I don’t believe whatever it is that you want me to fear. God has plans for me and they are good. I will not waste time on what I do not know.
Together, we are committing to choose life.
Until tomorrow, carry on warriors.