There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. -1 John 4:18 (NKJV)
Most of us have heard the expression “when one door closes, another one opens.” It’s usually said to us by a friend right after a door has shut in our lives. It seems that my wife has reached one of those moments where a door has closed in her life and there is some uncertainty as to when and where the next door will open. I recently watched Rick Warren (Saddleback Church) teaching on the subject of worry. One of the things that struck me was the simple fact that worry is a choice— not a necessity. While I cannot speak for God in all things (only what He makes clear through His Word), I suspect He gets pretty sad when He sees His children worry after He has promised to take care of them.
I share my wife’s concern as what happens to her affects me on many levels. Although not to the same degree, I still have concerns that I must learn to leave in the hands of my Father. As her husband, I am obligated (and privileged) to share her burdens and be as supportive as humanly possible. What we face together is the unknown. How has that changed since yesterday? It hasn’t. We face the unknown each and every day. When we encounter tragedy in our lives, I am sure that we don’t normally have any idea that it’s on the agenda for the day. As a Christian, I know that what must be on my agenda each and every day: prayer and time with God in His Word. Spending time with God will remind me of His love for me and increase my love for Him.