Monday, October 21, 2013

Isaiah 41:10

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."
Isaiah 41:10

This is cool... and it kind of makes me think that the more faith we have, the less fear we have about life in general.  Not that nothing bad will happen.  Bad things happen to everyone, and they are part of the life experiences that we need to go through... we need to learn to  deal with hardships as well as prosperity. :)  I think the idea of faith is that even when things are bad, we *still* know that God is in charge, and that everything will work out.  Like when you read a book by a favorite author.  If you know the author well enough, you know how far he will go with the characters and whether there will be a happy ending.  And with God, there is no doubt that there will be a happy ending, and even though he allows us to get ourselves into big messes, he always is there, willing to help, and if we want it, he knows how to write us through the difficulties and on to that happy ending.
As we grow up, I think sometimes we give up on happy endings.  We think they are just for kids, and in the "real" world, things don't work that way.  But even though it is true that we have to face some adult decisions and take more responsibility for live... it doesn't mean that we have to lose hope or faith, or creativity and wonder. :)  There is so much still out there in life to enjoy, to see, and to hope for.  We do ourselves a disservice when we allow ourselves to lose hope or become dismayed.  God is there.  And he *will* strengthen us, and help us, and hold us up when we need it.  We don't have to be afraid of the future, or worry about the ending.  We just need to focus on learning and growing and becoming the better, kinder people that God knows we can be.  If we live the adventure well, helping others and trusting him, God will deliver the happy ending, right on time... and now, with even more happiness. ;)

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