Man looking anxious

You’re Never Prepared

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All of us have had the experience of feeling anxious before a meeting. Our minds are flooded with thoughts concerning how things will go and what we will say. The funny thing is, meetings almost inevitably unfold in a completely different way to how we anticipated.

God has knowledge of all things, and I believe it’s God who causes thoughts to arise in our minds. God can draw from His infinite wisdom and immense memory to bring any thoughts to our minds that He chooses. Sometimes things can feel incredibly complex, though they are not, and sometimes things can feel incredibly simple, though they are complex. God can make any situation or discussion complex or simple.

I was reading a book today about the history of a common (a kind of park) not far from where I live. It is a beautifully produced book, full of incredible historical insights, and I found reading it to be very humbling. It left me with a feeling of, “How could I ever be so knowledgeable?” and “Will I ever be able to fully understand these things?” The book was written be experts, and I think everyone is an expert in some way, whether they are a parent, a teacher, an author, a disabled person, or a philosopher.

I also remembered that there is a Bible passage (Matthew 10:19) when Jesus is speaking with the apostles, and the advice he gives is not to worry about what you will say when you stand in a court room or in front of a governer or other authority — God will give you the right words to say in order to achieve His purposes. This gives me a great deal of comfort and we can hold onto this wisdom in our daily lives, to prevent us from feeling anxious when we face meetings and other situations where we are unsure about how things will go.

I suppose another way of putting it is, ‘live in the present’.

In my own life, I feel God is teaching me and training me to trust in Him and increase my faith that He will unfold things in accordance with His masterful divine plan, and hopefully in a way that is in my best interests. We need not fear any circumstances if God is on our side.

I pray that God would always keep me from feeling anxious about unfamiliar situations and circumstances, and that He would use me as a vessel for spreading love, wisdom, and goodness. I pray that He would always give me the right words to say at the right time. Lord, in your mercy, hear my prayer. Amen.

Thanks be to God.

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