Colossians 1:17 reads, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
He transcends time. He sustains all.
The same God that has infinite power and dominion cares for us as individuals. There are days where I grapple with this truth.
I know intellectually that God loves me and has a plan for my life, but emotionally I can’t always grasp that. I know, but my actions don’t necessarily reflect this knowledge.
I stress. I try to plan. I stress some more.
I say I’m okay. I have a little bit of a cry. I panic for a moment. Then I put my mind on something else.
The school work that needs to get done. The events I have coming in the next week. If I don’t think about the issue, I’m good.
But sweeping dirt under a carpet doesn’t solve the problem, it just compounds it.
Here comes the vulnerability.
I want to stay in Nottingham after graduate school. I feel like I am exactly where God wants me, like He has been preparing me my whole life for this place and this moment.
And I can’t bear the thought of ever leaving.
What most people don’t know and what I don’t go around sharing all the time is that there is a vast deal more to staying in a foreign country than what meets the eye. It’s not going to be a walk through the park to remain.
And that scares me.
Can I say that again?
You see, when we set our sights on the hurdles in life we are setting ourselves up for failure and fear. We are giving doubt and worry an open door to walk right on through. We are opening ourselves up to hurt and concern, things God never intended for us to bear.
1 Peter 5:17 says to cast our anxiety on Christ because He cares for us.
In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus tells us to come to Him for rest, to take His yoke and learn from Him.
He offers to bear our burdens. He promises to shoulder our concerns.
All He asks is that we take on His yoke. That we sit under the discipleship of Jesus and seek His counsel in all we do. To walk in obedience.
We aren’t designed with the capacity to figure everything out or understand why things are the way they are. But God is.
We need to turn our eyes from the problem to the Prince of Peace. To stop focusing on the issue and start seeking I AM. To quit fearing and begin leaning into the Father.
He is before all, and in Him all things are sustained.
The God we serve is very much alive. His power is limitless and His love is boundless.