Some things just don’t make sense. Okay, lots of things. But if you torture yourself wondering why something did or didn’t happen, you’ll chain yourself to that moment or negative thought. Everything you experience will get filtered through fears of further rejection, loss, and pain.
Please don’t give any more of your heart away to living in what can go wrong. You may not even consciously recognize how much you’ve been rehearsing the bad that’s happened, and dwelling on all that could, until you find yourself depressed, and unable to move on. You shouldn’t just ignore painful thoughts and memories and push them down into your heart, but constantly imagining evil drains you of peace, joy, hope, and everything you need to deal with those thoughts and memories.
Focusing so much on what’s wrong, or could be, dulls your awareness of God, because he doesn’t live in fear and worry. It’s a corruption of your imagination, which is designed to envision all God has for you, all the amazing things that are possible in his love and grace. Imagining what’s possible with God helps your healing process, grows your confidence in who you are in him, and gives you direction for your life.
Your heart and mind can never rest in the anxiety of circumstances you can’t change. But they can be perfectly at rest in who God wants to be for you as you take another step with him into the good he’s saying is possible.
Refuse to move outside love. I know it may seem hokey, but if everyday you’ll imagine putting your past in one of Jesus’ hands, and your future in the other, you’ll always be present in his arms.
“We can demolish every deceptive idea that opposes God, and break through every arrogant attitude in defiance of the true knowledge of him. We can capture every negative thought, and make them obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).