Wow! Two letters in the same week?! I am both completely amazed and utterly elated that we will be able to continue our missives. I love hearing from you. Believe it or not, you matter to me a great deal. You are special and I’m so excited to watch you grow – in your personal life, your relationships, your faith, and your journey of self discovery. In the wonderful words of the very talented Dr. Seauss, “Oh, the places you’ll go.”
The unknown can be pretty scary, can’t it? I, personally, have never experienced such. But, I have experienced the fear and trepidation my children feel when they thinkn about “tomorrow,” “next week,” “this year,” and even “eternity.” It pains me to go through this for a few different reasons. (I’ll get into that in a second). You have always had a fear of “the dark” and the unknown. Why do think that is? Could it be a desire to be in complete control of your life? Or, a fear to release any control to another. (They may sound like the same thing, but if you look closely and think about it, they are actually pretty different).
One of the reasons it hurts me so much to feel the worry you have about the future is it makes me believe you don’t trust me. I know that sounds a little whinny, and I apologize for that. It’s just that, when you worry about things you aren’t sure of, like what may happen in regards to work, money, food, clothes, and the like, I begin to wonder if you have, in a sense, forgotten about me. I am God after all. I speak and universes pop into existence. Do you not think that I can simply think about what you need and make it happen? As I said, you are important to me. So, I’m going to be sure to take advantage of every opportunity presented to show you the truth in this statement.
But, this comes with a condition. The phrase, “God helps those who help themselves” is a very accurate statement. Sadly, it is also commonly and completely misunderstood and misrepresented. I don’t require you to do anything in order to help yourself. A parent doesn’t require a child to do anything to be sure he or she is provided for, do they? Of course not. All I require of you, what this hopelessly misconstrued statement means, is that you must understand one simple fact: I am God; things happen because I will it; and, when they don’t happen, it is not because I have become blind to your needs, but that it is not the proper time for you to experience what I have for yu.
I know it sounds a bit haughty or selfish, but I know all there is to know, so, with that knowledge, my Ultimate Plan is all that matter. My plan starts with the day you were born and ends when you are with me here in heaven for all time.
So, being worried…the other reason it affects me so much is because it is, in all its essence, a sin (I know, I know, such an ugly word). In my Big Book to you (aka the Bible) I make it clear that I dress, feed, and take care of you. Take a second and check out what I told Luke to write in his gospel. Jesus makes it clear in chapter 12, verses 22-31, that I will provide all that you need – food, clothing, health. You shouldn’t be worrying about anything. If you focus on me – allow me to and trust me to do all I promise to do – then and only then, will I actually be able to do so. If, instead, you continue to fear the future and think you have to everything on your own, my hands are tied. You take away my will and replace it with your own. You forget my promises and fill yourself with pessimism, instead.
Just imagine knowing everything that is going to happen. Don’t you know that you would live a life of terrors and confusion? I allowed Adam and Eve to eat fro the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil so that would recognize sin as sin. Think if I allowed them to eat from the Tree of All There Is To Know! You wouldn’t fear the unknown any longer, instead, you’d fear what you know. So, I guess I have to ask you to trust that I know what’s best for you to know and what I know would be terrible for you to learn.
So, don’t worry about tomorrow. Today has enough things for you to do and deal with (yea, I went there!) Trust me to do what I said I would do and the fear and the unknown will become a hope of what is to come, I’m here for you, always and forever. Don’t forget that!
All my love,