You Don’t Have To Fear The Unknown
Does fear of the unknown cause you to become immobile? Not knowing what is to come. How will your life be affected?
Times of high stress, fear and, anxiety slow us down. Sometimes we want to hide from the world. Just getting out of bed and doing our normal activities can sometimes be a struggle. I’ve been there. It’s an awful feeling.
My family came face to face with the unknown when I was pregnant with our baby that had Trisomy 18. We knew that we were having a girl. We knew her due date was December 27. The not knowing if she would live or die made for constant anxiety for our whole family.
The fear of the unknown is a terrible and scary feeling. How do you make it through each day? It seems impossible. But God says, “with me all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) And that’s how we managed during our own storm.
For some, even a great opportunity can create feelings of anxiety and fear of what is to come. Not knowing how the new job, or house, or town is going to turn out can cause dread to take over.
Our Problems Are Small
All of us (me included), need to remember we’re with God. Our problems are small compared to His awesomeness. God is bigger than anything we face. Put Jesus first and things will work out.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”
We don’t need to push too hard. It’s ok if we don’t have everything figured out. We don’t need to trust in what we know…we need to lean into GOD the ALL KNOWING.
In order for God to calm our anxieties and fears, we have to remain moving towards Him. We need to connect with Him. Seeking Him by reading our Bible, praying, and worship. All of these things help keep our minds focused on the beauty and power of God and not so much on our worries.
Reach Out To Others
Reaching out to others in our Christian community and sharing our burdens with someone we trust helps to ease our fears. Galatians 6:2 tells us to “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Talking out our worries helps us to put them into perspective.
During the long months of our pregnancy with Baby Grace, one of my sons had an extra tough time coping with the unknown of it all. We set up Christian counseling and he met with a wonderful counselor weekly. Using Christian principles and talking things through really helped him. I highly recommend Christian counseling for any of life’s struggles.
Trust In Jesus
Life will have its times of trouble. Anxiety and fear of the unknown will creep in at times. But we can trust Jesus and his promises to help us through. “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