By Jennifer Allen
I could tell by his side of the conversation that I was not going to like what my husband was about to tell me. He hung up the phone and proceeded to inform me that a company he recently rented equipment to was ready for him to come do a pick-up.
“I have to be there tomorrow at noon,” he said.
“But we have to take Beth to the airport tomorrow,” I said as my stomach started to tangle into a great big knot.
“You’re right,” he said. “Looks like you’ll have to get her there by yourself.”
Make that two knots…
I have this little thing I like to call “1-94 Anxiety.” It’s not that I don’t love to drive, I do. But driving by myself, in the middle of winter, with two small children, a nine-month pregnant belly, and my husband hours away, is not my cup of tea.
I know, at least on some level, this is nothing I can’t handle…but…
But…what if something were to happen?
What if we had an accident? A flat tire?
What if I ended up stranded?
I pictured myself traipsing through snow with two young children behind me. I pictured myself trying to fix a flat tire with a belly as round as beach ball, and stretchers loading all three of us into an ambulance parked beside our mangled van.
Anxiety and fear can do this, make our imaginations run wild. They can paint a vivid reality, a clear-cut future, that hasn’t even happened.
When we fail to take thoughts like these captive we set ourselves up for all kinds of stress, all kinds of worry, fear, and torture for something that isn’t true. For a future that doesn’t exist.
Instead of allowing our anxieties and imaginations to rule our thoughts, God wants us to stay close to Him. To come to Him with all our fears, anxiety, and doubts and trust that we could never be more loved, never be more safe and secure than we are with Him.
This is what’s real. This is the future we have. A future, a reality, where God is present and always by our side. He loves us. And because He loves us we have nothing to fear.
In the end, my husband was able to get up early, do his pick-up, and get home in time to go with us to the airport. God worked everything out in perfect detail. All I really needed to do, all along, was trust in Him.
So how about you? What makes you anxious? What fuels your imagination to run wild in all the wrong ways? What scares you or looms in your future?
Instead of letting your imagination run wild with all that could wrong, let your imagination run wild into the arms of Jesus. Into all that is good, and true, and right.
With Him you can face anything…I-94 included.