“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matt. 6:34)

WHEN A DOCTOR ORDERED a test known to be painful, I began to worry. Could I tolerate the stress? Then my friend Janine told me she had that test and did not mind it. My anxiety melted into a sigh of relief. Hearing from someone who had already experienced what I faced offered hope that I too could survive.

Jesus assured us that we do not need to worry about the future. After all, He took that test already. He endured and survived far more than anything we might face. He offers hope that we too can survive. The future is in God’s hands. We cannot possibly know how things will turn out, but we can know that God walks before us into the unknown.

We can do nothing about the past but learn from it. The present is upon us, and God walks with us through every circumstance of life—the good, the bad, and the uncertain. We can still prepare ourselves for the future as best we can. We can set goals that relate to our health, our careers, and our personal lives. Yet we always keep God and His kingdom first in our minds and hearts. Prepare for tomorrow as best you can, but rely on God’s grace to help you deal with life’s daily surprises. God is always at work.

Trust God to walk beside you into the unknown.

Shirley Brosius writes from Millersburg, Pennsylvania. She is enjoys reading, walking, and playing board games with her five grandchildren.

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