Jesus says, “Follow Me!”
As one who frequently tries to run ahead, I worry about far too many things, many of which, thankfully never come to be.
I end up in the same place Eve did, believing if she just had enough knowledge, she could figure out how to handle life.
When I have a problem, I search the web endlessly, acquiring information. And like Eve, I end up with much more knowledge of evil than I ever wanted.
Besides the internet, I have other knowledge of evil that came to me through many years as a nurse. I know many happy stories, but I also know about times when things disastrously did not go as expected.
I have eye surgery scheduled for later this week. I have gone through a battery of tests. I have gotten multiple opinions. I have exhaustively researched the options.
I have prayed about everything I can think of. I have listened for God’s Answers in between my incessant talking. (I’m so thankful He is patient with me.)
I feel good about the surgeon, the the place to have it done, and the timing. I feel optimistic about the outcome.
But satan never gives up. He reminds me of evil. He entices me into playing “what if.” He pushes me to get one more piece of information or rehearse one more scenario, just in case I need to know what to do.
When I choose to turn him off, I hear God speaking from deep within my spirit, from that place satan can never reach.
I share God’s Word because you may be experiencing a similar battle. His Word to me is His Word to you as well.
“I have loved you with an Everlasting Love.”
God has been loving us from the beginning. He loves us in a way that is Perfect.
“There is no fear in Love, but Perfect Love casts out fear.”
1 John 4:18
God created us. He knows every cell of our bodies. He knows how it all fits together. He can be directly on the scene, even closer than any surgeon can be.
“For You created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your Works are wonderful.”
God keeps watch over us all the time. He watches us with His Eyes!
“The Eyes of The Lord are everywhere, keeping watch.”
God had Plans for us and for everyone who will care for us, long before His Plan was revealed to us.
God had Plans for my surgeon. He worked things together to protect him and train him and bring him to the time when He would honor him by allowing him to care for the eyes He had created.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
As much as we want to know every detail of God’s Plan, He reveals only one piece at a time. He knows The Plan. I know Him. I trust Him. That’s really all I need to know!
“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.”