I grew up in a Christian home, so going to college was obviously quite an adjustment. The last year of my life was full of transitions. My faith has been and still is being tested as I move from a predominately Christian background into a public university setting. As I’ve made this adjustment, the Lord has truly shown me in more and more ways what it means to trust him under all circumstances. As I reflect upon last year and my senior year of high school, I’m left with many regrets – I wish there were things that I could go back and change. People I would talk to. Habits I would’ve broken or perhaps taken the time to form. Even as I reflect over the past, I am caught up in thinking about my present concerns: what do I do with my life? How will my relationships with others (especially my girlfriend) change over the year to come? What is the next step in my faith? Many of these concerns lead me directly into thinking about the future and stressing over what might come my way.

Then, the Lord began showing me his thoughts about worry. In Matthew 6:25, Jesus says: 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” Jesus goes on to assure us that the Father will care for our needs. Fundamentally, it seems that worry is simply a lack of trust. Let me put it this way:

Regret is fear over the past. Anxiety is fear over the present. Worry is fear over the future.

When Trust in God enters the equation, everything changes.

Regret becomes Rest. Anxiety becomes Peace. Worry becomes Hope.

So here’s my encouragement: Leave the past to God; You can’t change it. Act in trust in the present that God is both good and in control at all times. Let the future become full of hope. It’s simple – God doesn’t change and he has been good, so he will be good (James 1:17). C.H. Spurgeon puts it well:

“Whatever our circumstances are, however perplexing our pathway may be, and however dark our horizon, if we argue by the rule of He has, He does, He will, our comfort can never be destroyed. Courage, then to you who are afflicted. If you had a changeable God to deal with, your souls might be full of bitterness; but because He is unchanging, every repeated manifestation of His grace should make it easier for you to rest in Him. Every renewed experience of his faithfulness should confirm your confidence in his grace.”

So accept this gift – that God frees us from fear through trust in himself.