Being a Christian can be scary.
Scratch that. Being a Christian is quite scary.
But it’s exhilarating. And so, so, worth it.
Life…it’s an adventure. Need I say more?
And sometimes it’s not very clear what we should do. And that feels scary, doesn’t it?
To me, it sometimes does. Because, to put it plainly, I’m not the one in control. Most times, when things seem bleak, it’s totally not in my power to change any of it.
So before you say that life is hopeless and all that, wait. Because as uncomfortable any and every aspect of life may seem, and we are totally not in control, we know who is.
We Christians have something that the rest of the world does not. What’s that, you ask?
Peace. Assurance. Hope.
And the scary part?
God calls us to wait on Him.
The excuse that “patience is a virtue that I don’t have” doesn’t go far with God.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
“Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.”
Does anyone else feel like it’s a bit scary to wait on God? I’m pretty sure we all do. But here’s the interesting thing.
Waiting is associated with strength, and goodness, and salvation, and exaltation.
Whoa. That is quite mind-blowing to me.
Because as tough as it is to be a Christian, and as hard it is at times to wait, our waiting is not in vain.
Like those verses say, God is faithful! Our strength shall be renewed; we will be saved; we will be exalted.
It might feel at times like God doesn’t know what He’s doing.
But that’s never the case.
A favorite quote of mine says this:
I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know the One who holds my future.
So, I’m realizing this more and more: waiting is the good part. It’s only scary if we let ourselves be afraid. God has it all under control. It’s His universe, after all. His will, His plans, and we are His people.
Should we let ourselves be afraid, though?
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Suddenly, this whole Christianity thing isn’t looking as hopeless, dark, and scary as before…