I’ve been here before; that moment when I’m about to begin something new and I’m not exactly sure how things will turn out. I used to wake up with that nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach, not knowing what would happen or if I could handle it all. I have lost count of all of the times in my life when I felt like I had to face these moments alone. But just recently, as I started out down a completely new path, I sensed a big change in myself. I was no longer consumed by my fears. I felt His peace and His grace. As each day brought new challenges and doubts, I knew that I was not alone and that God was walking beside me every step of the way.
With the end of the year fast approaching, I realize that many of us have suddenly found ourselves on a new path. And it doesn’t matter if this new path is of our own choosing or something that was completely unexpected, it will still be scary and overwhelming and we will struggle to catch our breath as everything changes around us. When you find yourself feeling this way, I hope that you can stop and remember that you’re not alone. The doubts and fears may seem like too much but God is much bigger than those feelings. And this is no surprise to Him, He saw this change coming long before it happened and He has been slowly preparing you for this.
Jeremiah 29:11 says:
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.
There is purpose as you embark on this new path. His purpose. And it is up to you to choose to face each moment with Him in mind, so that His purpose will be fulfilled. Will you embrace His plans for you even if whatever lies before you is difficult and scary?
I have asked myself this question several times over the last few weeks. As I prayed, I realized that I could not turn away from His purpose. Things had changed. I had changed. My faith in Him had increased. He has turned my fear into peace. He has helped me turn my anxiety-filled mind into a mind that can focus on His faithfulness. And my discontent has turned into joy.
Without a doubt, I still worry and get caught up in my fears from time to time, but I don’t call that home anymore. After all, this is the choice we are called to make every day; be transformed or stay the same.
I pray that as you embark on your new path, whatever that may be, that you will choose to be transformed.
Walking in Grace,