“Believe confidently in God and trust in Him. Have faith, hold on to it, rely on it, and keep going.”John 14:1 (Amplified Bible)
Flying in an airplane can be an incredibly thrilling or utterly terrifying experience. Even the bravest among us can’t help but feel a tinge of anxiety when a smooth flight suddenly turns into a heart-pounding roller coaster ride at 35,000 feet above ground.
Picture this: Only a couple hours into a long flight, the dreaded “fasten your seat belts” sign flickers on. The pilot’s calm voice announces on the intercom that turbulence was ahead. Despite attempts to reassure, unease settles over the passengers.
Then, the storm hits. Thunder fills the air, lightning illuminates the sky, and the plane shakes like a toy in a child’s hand.
Pandemonium ensues as panic takes hold of the passengers. People are crying, screaming, and getting sick from motion sickness. But amidst the chaos, amidst all the fear, one person stands out – a little girl. She sits calmly in her seat, her little feet tucked beneath her, engrossed in a book. It’s baffling how she remains so composed in such a terrifying situation.
As the turbulence subsides and the plane finally lands, everyone rushes to get off the plane. But one man lingers behind, intrigued by the little girl’s calm demeanor. He approaches her and asks why she wasn’t afraid during the turbulence.
With a big smile, the little girl looks up at him and says, “I wasn’t scared because my Daddy is the pilot, and he’s taking me home.”
Imagine how different our life experiences would be if, in the face of life’s turbulent moments, we remembered that our heavenly Father is the pilot of this world.
The Bible says in Colossians 1:16-17, “For by him [God] all things were created…and He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
In other words, God’s got this.
It’s a powerful reminder that no matter what we face, any challenge, any fear, any uncertainty, it is no match for the One who holds the entire world in His hands.
I love how John 14:1 is expressed in the Amplified Bible: “Do not let your heart be troubled (afraid, cowardly). Believe confidently in God and trust in Him. Have faith, hold on to it, rely on it, and keep going.”
But how can we believe in and trust someone we don’t know? The answer lies in spending time with Christ. It’s about filtering out the noise and focusing on His voice, His promises.
Fear often stems from the unknown, making it difficult to plan or take control of uncertain situations. Our minds can spiral into anxiety and heightened emotions as we try to make sense of it all. Fortunately, our Heavenly Father offers guidance through the phrase “Fear not,” mentioned exactly 365 times in the Bible – one for each day of the year. While seemingly easier said than done, we can learn to redirect our focus and find peace amidst chaos. Relax, recite, reflect, and respond.
Relax: Pause and take a deep breath. An anxious mind blurs clarity. By calming your mind, you’ll be able to perceive the situation for what it truly is.
Recite: Claim God’s promises. “In my distress I called upon the Lord, … He heard my voice out of His temple.” Psalm 18:6. Prayer should be more than a venting session. It is a powerful way to communicate with God and express your thoughts, fears, and desires. Leaving room for God to answer opens our eyes to His heart, His wonderful intentions towards us, and it fuels our faith to pray His will. Scripture instills hope so that you can actually have expectations when you pray. Reading the stories of people who trusted God during difficult times can provide comfort, inspiration, and direction. Memorize some of God’s promises in the Bible so when you are afraid, you can claim them. Remember that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” Philippians 2:10, 11. The name of Jesus is more powerful than anything you may be facing. (Click here for Bible promises.)
Reflect: Think about the times God has helped you in the past. Hope will grow as you remind yourself of His presence and willingness to come through for you.
Respond: Identify what is causing your distress. Brainstorm and make a list of possible solutions. Focus on what you can control, taking action where possible. For things beyond your control, trust and surrender them to God in prayer.
Bonus: Surround yourself with a supportive community. This provides an opportunity to learn from others who excel where you may struggle. Engaging in community service can help shift your focus from self to others, offering fresh perspectives on your worries. Additionally, accountability within a community can prevent you from falling into negative habits or thought patterns.
Embrace these steps to find peace amidst uncertainty while building faith in God’s unwavering presence and protection throughout life’s challenges.
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Corrie Ten Boom
Just like that little girl, you have a Heavenly Father who is in control. He’s got you.