We don’t have to be afraid.
There is a statistic that says some high percentage of the things we worry about won’t ever likely happen.
This used to comfort me and help me. I’d try to convince myself that I don’t need to worry or fear because the things I’m afraid of probably won’t actually happen.
And then I had a miscarriage.
The bad thing happened. The thing I feared became reality.
And in this, I realized the misstep I had taken in my fight against fear. I was looking to circumstances to find relief—repeating to myself, “that probably won’t happen.”
“In this world you will have trouble.” –John 16:33
The truth is, whether the specific things you worry about happen or not, hard things will happen as long as you live on this earth.
“But take heart! I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33
As I walked through the loss of our first baby through miscarriage, I realized that my relief from worry and fear is not found in convincing myself whether or not something will happen. My relief from worry and fear is that when the bad thing happens, I am promised victory through Jesus. He will sustain me and carry me. I don’t have to worry because the God of the universe has my future in His hands.
So, take heart, my friend. We don’t have to be afraid. The Lord walks before us and His grace will sustain us.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” -2 Corinthians 12:9
When you feel weak, lean in and trust.
“Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” –Joshua 8:1
The fear I faced was the worst part of it all. The Bible says perfect love casts out fear. There is no fear in love. Fear doesn’t come from Jesus, and when I was walking in fear, I felt miserable and debilitated.
But when I was walking with Him, even through tragedy, I felt secure, comforted, and protected.
Circumstances and probability are ever-changing. God is constant and never-changing. I don’t know about for you, but for me, that makes it pretty easy to choose where to put my trust.