For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off

Psalm 147:11

My mom likes to joke that when I was a baby my first words were actually 3 all squished together: “I-do-it.” Before I was able to walk, I knew that I appreciated my independence, and I even learned to demand it. I would venture to say anyone reading this cherishes their independence, and you should. God created us with free will to give us independence. He wants us to make decisions and have choices, but He never intended us to be alone.

In Proverbs 23:18 Solomon states that “Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” When we are focused on controlling the present, we forget that our Father knows the future. It is easy to lose hope when we refuse to lean on God’s “everlasting arms.” This past year itself has been a poignant reminder that, when life seems out of control, peace is not found in clinging tighter, but in the relationships that allow us to share our burdens. 

Now, I sometimes catch myself telling my Heavenly Father “I-do-it” but that only leaves me exhausted. Hope and peace are found in trusting that every moment is held safely in His hands.

Lord, give me strength to let go and trust that Your plans are good. You hold the future and you will be with me in every step. Thank you for the gift of your presence, and for the comfort and peace You bring when my strength is not enough.