When Life Is Scary


I think one of the scariest things to realize as you grow up is that life may not always turn out like you planned.

I know when I was a girl, I had lots of ideas in my mind of what my life would look like.  And as an adult, some of the most scary, stressful times for me have been when my life wasn't looking the way I thought it would.  One of those times was when I wasn't sure whether I was going to be able to get pregnant.  It was hard because I was afraid my life wasn't going to happen the way I wanted.  I feel like I am going through another time like that right now, and not sure if or when things will change - or not sure if it will change in a way that I like.

However, I've come to accept that God's plans for our lives aren't always going to fit in with what makes us feel comfortable.  And if we fight to stay in a comfortable place against what He has planned for us, we might miss out on something so much greater than what we had planned for ourselves.

Of course we don't want to be in whatever difficult situations we find ourselves in, but I think it's important to realize that God is always taking care of us, and His plans always work out.  It sounds trite to say that, and it isn't always encouraging when going through dark times, but it is the truth.

I think sometimes we have to look for the way the Lord is growing us through our hard times, because through everything in life He is working to make us more like Jesus.  When we recognize that as His plan for us we can learn to embrace the good that God is working out for and in us, instead of fighting our circumstances and getting nowhere.

What prompted these musings today?  Would you believe it was a children's book?


Lysa Terkeurst (of Proverbs 31 Ministries) has written a children's book called It Will Be Okay, all about a frightened fox and a seed that doesn't want his life to change - so Little Seed is upset when the Farmer takes him away from his cozy seed packet and shoves him down into the dirt, while his friend the Little Fox runs frightened looking for him.  But they don't know what the Farmer knows - that something beautiful is about to happen.

This book is so sweet for helping kids understand God's sovereignty through life's changes, but I think it speaks so strongly to adults too!  The language flows really well, and it's one of those children's books that is just fun to read to your kids.  It comes out today, and I'm pretty sure it's destined to be a Christian children's book classic.

One of my favorite lines in the book is:

"But the Farmer was good, and the Farmer was kind, and the Farmer was always watching over them.  Even when they didn't know it."

How true is that of our lives?  God is good and kind, and is always watching over us.  He has good plans for us even when it doesn't seem like it.  And even when we are in the thick of the "dark, messy places", He sees the beauty that is coming.  That is so comforting to me, and such a simple but profound reminder from a place I least expected it.


Note: I received "It Will Be Okay" for free from Tommy Nelson in exchange for a review.  This is my honest opinion.

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Kate Craig said...

This sounds so sweet!

Lauren said...

such a sweet book. Elyse just reminded me of this last night as she had an accident in bed (she's been potty trained for a few months now and this hadn't happened in a LONG time)...however, I always tell her its ok and she has started to do this with me as well. Don't worry momma, it's gonna be ok...when she's actually the one with wet pajamas and a bed that needs changed. Such a silly example but a constant reminder that no matter what...it's all gonna be ok in the end!

amydhodge said...

I can so relate to these feelings.
In myself, I really just want life to be exactly what I think it should be. Trusting God is hard sometimes.

Thanks for this encouragement!
This is definitely a book that I want to read to my kids someday!

Sarah Moore said...

This book sounds SO sweet, definitely going to pick it up for my nephews! :)

Melanie said...

I think I would enjoy that book myself! What a great message!

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