For the past three days, I’ve had the privilege of housing and visiting with my friend Karen and her daughter Mackenzie. These two northern gals traveled from Michigan to Tennessee not just to visit. That was an added bonus for me! They came to look at colleges for Mackenzie. (And I might add…they brought freezing rain and snow with them!)
“How brave,” I thought. Allowing her daughter to go to school hundreds of miles away from home is scary for some. It was for me. When my son considered schools in North Carolina and New York, my heart skipped a beat and fear quickly crept into every fiber of my body. I was afraid for one reason. I failed to prepare.
To conquer fear in our lives, one thing we must do is dare to prepare. This is exactly what Karen and Mackenzie were doing. In traveling to Tennessee, they were examining the colleges close up and preparing for each and every detail that would provide Mackenzie with a safe journey through her college days.
It reminded me of Charles Lindbergh who decided to fly across the Atlantic—alone and with a single engine plane!
Help me Jesus!
Lindbergh didn’t just hop on a plane and take off. No. He dared to prepare by first calculating the risks involved. It wasn’t as if he’d never flown before or had to trust the mechanics who built the plane. If so, he would have good reason to be anxious. Instead, he built the plane himself and was an experienced pilot.
Sure, if he had planned the trip on a whim, without planning, we could label him foolish. We could expect to be concerned, but that was not the case. Years of preparation provided Lindbergh with the tools he needed for a safe journey—and with confidence to carry him through!
You and I can thumb through the bible today and find many like Lindbergh who God prepared long before they arrived at a task to be preformed. The truth is He does the same for me and you. Every experience we have somehow prepares and equips us for the future. When you and I are prepared, it minimizes our anxieties and allows us to adventure into a world of possibilities.
Corrie Ten Boom once said, “Every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our lives is the prefect preparation for the future that only he can see.”
What are you anxious about today? Is there good reason for your concerns or have you been prepared to face what’s ahead? If so, give your fears to God and allow your trust in His provision to see you through.