One of the most important things I’ve learned since I started my spiritual journey is to live for today and not worry about tomorrow (the future) because it’s in God’s hands. Essentially, “If you pray, don’t worry. If you worry, why pray?” I felt like I was doing such a good job at this, until recently.
Recently, a situation happened that made me question what the future holds for me. Prior to this situation, rejection or things not going my way didn’t make me sad or discouraged. Instead, I was happy because I knew that everything happens for a reason and whatever it was that I was trying to do simply wasn’t in God’s plan for me at the time. I was in such a good space.
Unfortunately, I started to slip away from that mindset when the situation occurred. I felt confused and uncomfortable not knowing what would happen in the future. But this time, instead of relying on the fact that things will work out according to God’s plan, I decided to take matters into my own hands. It’s almost as if I was trying to force my will (as my sister would say). I was doing so much to try to get the future outcome that I wanted, that I didn’t take the time to be patient and wait on God.
I prayed for God to give me sign to let me know what I should do in this situation. Now, as I reflect on it, perhaps things not going my way (aka rejection) was the sign from Him—letting me know that the very thing I thought I wanted is not what He had planned for me.
I know that so many of us go through situations like this–where we do what we want to do, without consulting with God first. We constantly pray, asking Him for signs, but ignore them because it’s not what we wanted.
Luckily, with the help of prayer, quotes and scriptures, I came to my senses after about a week, and I’m going to share with you the specific ones that helped me get back on track:
“When I’m worried, it’s usually because I’m trying to do everything myself. When I’m at peace, it’s usually because I remember that God is in control.”
“Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe, and have faith that everything will work out for the best.”
“If you try to carry tomorrow’s trouble today, you will stagger under the load and eventually fall flat. You must discipline yourself to live within the boundaries of today.” – Sarah Young, Dear Jesus
“When your present surroundings are pleasant yet you start feeling some negative emotion, it’s important to capture your thoughts and examine them. Most of the time you will discover you’ve been worrying about some future event.” – Sarah Young, Dear Jesus
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34
If you’re a flawed human being, like myself, then it’s inevitable that you’ve had similar feelings when thinking about your unknown future. The good news is: that’s okay! God knows that we are not perfect people, and hopefully reflecting and referring to quotes like these will help us to manage our thoughts and keep them present.
Have you been frustrated or uncomfortable not knowing what the future holds? What helps you feel less anxious when you have those feelings? Any other helpful quotes or scriptures you refer to? Let me know in the comments!