Clinging to Perspective in Times of Fear
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 8:38-39
I’d been wrestling with God for about a year now over the call to make a pretty huge professional shift. As time went on, He would patiently place some ideas on my heart that I just wasn’t ready for (and by ready, I mean I fearfully wasn’t willing to let go of the comfortable choice yet.) But as the weeks and months went on, His voice got louder and His message more frequent. LEAP!
And while it can be exhilarating to think about leaps of faith at first, fear usually finds its way in shortly after. After making the choice to follow His next step for my professional life, I felt myself caving into the fear of failure, which in my case would mean a career filled with failed attempts or directionless wandering. As someone who always has a plan AND backup plan, a future of uncertainty sounds like my nightmare.
However, after a much-needed walk and talk with God, I received a gut punch of graceful perspective that I needed to remember, and maybe you do too. Jesus died on the cross for us so we could have life - not only here on earth, but also with our Father in heaven. Let your mind wrap around that.
This earth filled with hurt, sin, shame, mistakes, and unknowns is not our home - if you’re a child of God and follower of Jesus, you are gifted with a secure future in heaven!
When we remember the price Jesus paid to pardon us from death, every success, failure, or unknown fades away because we have the hope of something and somewhere greater. When I think about heaven in relation to every other aspect of my life, my mind goes to a well-placed Swan Princess quote, “what else is there?!”
Between the bills, health scares, natural disasters, ambiguity with careers and dreams, unanswered questions and rollercoaster relationships, life can feel overwhelming. But, as followers of Jesus Christ, we can keep our eyes above the crashing waves of life and focused on our stable eternity.
Just imagine that Paul keeps the list going in Romans chapter 8: whether we’re employed or unemployed, whether we fail or succeed, whether we’re married or single, healthy or sick, fertile or barren - nothing can separate us from God’s love. And as intense as circumstances may be right now, Christ’s sacrifice for us means nothing can separate us from our home in heaven.
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With so much love,