It’s amazing to me that it’s the simple ideas that keep us going.
I love playing in the sandbox of theology, looking over the constructs of other people’s best understanding of God. Some ridiculously smart people have thought through God’s Word and arrived at some intricate, mind-blowing conclusions. The mental gymnastics it takes to keep up while comparing their thoughts to Scripture is both exhausting and exciting to me.
But not when detours happen.
When I’m already mentally, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted…I’m not looking for deep-thought theology. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want “mamby-pamby feelly-good” sentiments either. When life takes a detour, I need simple, straight-forward, bedrock truth.
David understood this need. He felt it, too.
This week, I’ve been dwelling on Psalm 16. It wasn’t until the second day, when I had already read through the psalm several times, that I noticed a four-word sentence at the end of verse five. But as soon as I saw it, those four simple words became my anchor.
You hold my future.
David needed to say these words to God, to remind himself of what was true. Despite whatever he saw coming his way, how he felt, or who was causing him trouble…David’s future was in God’s hands.
Since noticing that verse, I have kept my Bible open next to me as I work on our next step. Whenever the tension would rise and the stress would start to build and my mind would start to cloud up with doubt…I would look over and read those words out loud.
You. Hold. My. Future.
That’s all it took to calm me back down so I would be able to go forward again. Just that small dose of truth. Remembering that Someone who is more powerful, who understands more, who sees more, and – most importantly – who loves me…that Someone is the One who holds my future.
When life takes a detour, what we really need is to be reminded of the simple, powerful, foundational truths.
I am not alone. Neither are you.
I am not abandoned. Neither are you.
I can go forward. So can you.
He holds my future. He holds yours, too.