I love that Jesus encourages us to consider possible outcomes before we make decisions. He told His disciples to count the cost prior to following Him, and I think it’s safe to say that He wants us to be people who are proactive in dealing with the problems and complexities of life. Along these lines, I heard an anecdotal story once that said if there’s a fire burning in a building and there are ten people in it, one person will flee, one will stay calm and take action, and the other eight will freeze. Unfortunately, I think the latter is what many of us do when we’re assailed by unanticipated challenges. We seldom feel equipped for what comes our way, and we often find ourselves paralyzed in fear and overwhelmed by our emotions. This is why preparation is so important. Though we can’t predict every complexity or cultivate a plan for every possible scenario, we can teach ourselves not to panic and proactively run to Jesus. Rather than react from a place of distress that’s fueled by the heat of the moment, we can rely on His strength and allow Him to fight the fire so we’re not consumed by the flames.
My friend, life is sure to present a few unexpected difficulties, and when it does, you’re wise to look immediately to the One who knows the beginning from the end. Train yourself to remain calm, and take your troubles to His throne before you do anything else. Instead of reacting in a way that seems right by worldly standards, make spending time in His presence your first response, and let the Holy Spirit direct your path. His ways are higher than yours, and He wants to make you strong so you can overcome even the most challenging and trying circumstances.