Call me crazy, but I’m in the category of individuals who actually like Hallmark movies. I know they’re sappy, corny and totally unsurprising and predictable – but that’s what I appreciate most about them.
Life these days can be scary – the future uncertain, which is why a nice, uncomplicated predictable movie works for me. We never know from day-to-day if our 401k is going to tank or if the interest rates are going to plummet. We never know if our health is going to last or if that tiny little bump on our skin is something serious or not.
We never know when we say good-bye to a loved one if we’ll see them again or if we ourselves will be granted a tomorrow. We just never know … hence the need for an escapist, happily-ever-after movie that I can predict will turn out exactly as I envision.
I really wish life were as predictable as a Hallmark movie. Even though we can make our plans for tomorrow, we never know if our plans will go according to our wishes. Proverbs 16:9 confirms this fact: We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.
I have a young friend who is finishing her Master’s Degree and is dealing firsthand with planning her steps. She’s cried on my shoulder numerous times regarding her future and her fears about not being able to find a job in her degree field. She is a very faithful follower of Christ, yet she can’t seem to stop the overwhelming anxiety and fear that are robbing her of a peaceful night’s rest. She’s a bundle of worry trying to plan for every eventual outcome.
No matter how many Scriptures I quote her; no matter how many prayers I pray for her or she prays for herself, she simply is terrified to completely trust God with her future. She tells me I don’t understand – and while I’ve never been in her exact situation, I have been in scary situations that have left me fearful regarding the unknown future.
This life is going to have numerous trials and tribulations (John 16:23); that’s pretty much a guarantee. Since we’re promised trials throughout our life and there is no way around them, it’s probably in our best interest if we learn how to handle those difficulties without having a complete breakdown each and every time.
When I’m faced with a difficult trial, my initial reaction may be that gut-wrenching, all-consuming fear, but I’ve learned to quickly call on the name of the Lord. I pray Scriptures, I read the Word and after all of those things, if I’m still emotionally out of sorts with worry – I retreat to my happy place – the Hallmark Channel. It’s not a cure-all, but it’s an emotional salve for my frazzled nerves when fear wants to consume me.
We all need a happy place when worry or fear consume us. Find your happy place in Jesus. He is … and was … and is to come … the most predictably predictable Savior of all time.
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6:27, 34)
Blessings in Christ and as always … happy reading!