Someone asked me this week what I would tell my 17 year old self if I had the chance.
It’s basically another way of asking what my regrets are.
Honestly, it’s a question I find hard to answer. That’s not to say life’s journey has been perfect, it hasn’t; but even the imperfect roads have led to some pretty amazing doors which I probably wouldn’t have accessed, if life had been smooth.
Then I got it.
I would tell my 17 year old self that things would be alright.
It’s the one thing that I’ve found to be consistent. Regardless of how bad things have gotten, somehow they get better with time. Regardless of how devastating circumstances can seem, joy still comes in the morning.
I can’t go back, but even back then I had someone who told me that things were going to be alright. I read over and over again in the scriptures, passages that said “Do not worry about tomorrow”.
“Do not be afraid”
“I am with you”
I can’t go back in time but I can remind myself of a truth that can save me a tonne of worry and heartache even now.
Things do get better.
Joy does come in the morning.
And not because life is on some default button that turns bad situations good with time.
Things get better because God promised to stay with us no matter what and being with us is a function of him helping us through tough times and turning things around for our good.
I’ve spent too much time in the past worrying over things that never happened. It’s a mistake I don’t want to repeat and I need a good anchor to not do that.
When Jesus says, don’t worry about what you will eat or drink or wear, He’s saying in today’s words: relax, I’ve got you.
That’s a good reason to ditch worrying.
You don’t have to go back in time. Just slow down your heart rate and know you’re in big and steady hands.
Live life like God’s got you…because God’s got you.