How to Trust in the Midst of Life’s Endeavors
Life is something that is both wonderful and scary, a bumpy ride with breathtaking views along the way. Life has highs and lows, this we already know. But not many talk about what happens during the lows, about how to persevere knowing that the highs aren’t too far away. Maybe you’re at a crossroads, faced with a decision that could change your future, not knowing which way to go because both sides have they’re pros and cons. Maybe you’re unsure of which school to go to, what you want to do with your life, which piece of advice you should follow. The future is one of life’s many bumps, as strange as it may sound. Decisions that determine tomorrow can sometimes take up today’s time, consuming you with anxiety. So what do we do when the fear of the future takes up our time in the present? We trust.
We trust in the Lord; not in the way that we just do nothing but trust, but in the way of taking a mini time-out from your day to look back and say “God’s got it, he’s in control, let’s look at this situation from another angle.” Then you time back into your day and decide accordingly, with a clear mind.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
Psalm 56:3 NIV
When you decide to put your trust in the Lord, it means you’re giving him all of your anxieties, taking a mental deep-breath and calming yourself for a second. When the time comes to make that decision, or maybe to take that exam, you know the future is in his hands.
Now as much as I wish this meant we didn’t have to lift a finger, it unfortunately doesn’t. Trusting takes away the anxiety that comes with big moments and milestones in our life.
When faced with scary situations in life, it’s easy to fall into that fight-or-flight mindset and act impulsively to just go with our gut because of what seems best in the present without thinking about how it may affect our future. This is where looking at the situation from a different angle comes in.
Make a pro’s and con’s list, discuss the decision with your go-to people, whether that be parents, friends, etc. Try to get some fresh eyes on the situation so you know that you’ve done all you can, have seen every side to it, and know the decision made is going to be a thought-out one. This is why we have a community. When times of hesitation come about, we know who to ask.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV
Once you’ve given the anxiety of decision-making to God, looked to your friends and family for advice, and taken the time you needed to think over each possibility and outcome, then there’s nothing left to do but execute. This time, the moment should be easier, the test shouldn’t look as scary, the decision shouldn’t be as hard. So try not to stress when big moments come about in life, try to take a deep breath, and know that in the end, this is just one of many slight bumps in the road of life and that the destination will be worth it.
Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Lydia Wondimu is a young girl from Ethiopia who has a heart for others.Dedicating her life to Christ at an early age, Lydia has set out from her home in Seattle across the globe to spread the Gospel, making sure each person she meets leaves with a smile knowing they are loved by their Heavenly Father. When she's not busy making coffee for her customers; you'll most probably find her eating everything in sight, or laughing with somebody, whether they're a friend or a stranger-turned-friend.