Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Have you ever run a marathon? Me neither. I have some friends who have done it, and I’ve learned a lot about life from what they experienced. They say that they feel like their bodies are going to shut down at multiple points in the race, so they keep moving when they stop by tables with water or orange slices. Some say they get a little delusional at certain points and sometimes feel an unexplainable sense of euphoria. All the friends I’ve asked say they couldn’t think too far ahead when they felt like they were falling apart.
In other words, they couldn’t think about mile twenty-two when they were on mile twenty-one because it was just too overwhelming. They had to focus on putting one foot in front of another, and repeating this, until they finally crossed the finish line.
I think the same is true for most of us when we start a new project or pivot to a new direction in our lives. We can do our best to plan and train, but once we’re in the race, all we can do is be present in the moment. We won’t know what needs to happen at mile twenty-two until we get there.
Some people delight in this, but most spend too much energy feeling anxious about a mile marker they haven’t yet arrived at. Does that sound like you? Usually, the things we worry about the most don’t happen anyway. We fear there will be disaster only to find balloons when we arrive.
Take heart. If we’re diligent and thoughtful each step of the way, we don’t have to fret over contingencies down the road. Don’t worry about what may or may not happen; stick by Jesus and trust He will work it all out in the end.
What’s your next step? When will you take it?