Indeed, how can people avoid what they don’t know is going to happen? [Ecclesiastes 8:7 (NLT)]
Hoping to get a good cardio workout, I’d ramped up the resistance and programmed the machine for a variety of hills, some of which were real killers. Whenever I glanced down at the screen, I groaned at what lay ahead of me. No matter where I was in the program, I was already looking ahead and dreading the next big challenge. Every time I looked at the timer, I lamented the length of time remaining for this self-inflicted torture. After placing my towel over the screen, the workout seemed easier. No longer able to see the hills or time remaining, I stopped dreading the next challenge and the ones after that. I just pumped away, secure in the knowledge that, eventually, my workout would be over.
We get to program the challenges on exercise equipment and, when they get too tough, we can always lower the resistance and even get off the machine. Life, however, doesn’t work that way—we don’t get to determine how difficult our lives will be nor do we get to jump off when the going gets tough; we just have to continue trudging along. While we can determine the duration and intensity of a workout, it is God who determines the length and intensity of our run on earth and only He knows when our time is up. There’s no point in spoiling our life’s journey by agonizing about the challenges down the road when we may not even get there! Only God knows the future and all we can do is commit it into His loving hands.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. [Corrie Ten Boom]
Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” [James 4:13-15 (NLT)]
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