I just finished reading the book “The Shack.” In it, the main character Mackenzie (Mack for short) comes to know the Godhead after experiencing great tragedy and suffering that has caused him to have a bleak outlook of the future. In a conversation with Jesus Christ, Christ says to Mack, “Mack, do you realize that your imagination of the future, which is almost always dictated by fear of some kind, rarely, if ever, pictures me there with you?”
This question posed to Mack struck my heart. Often, I get anxious when I think about the uncertainty of the future. After reading this question, I realized my anxiety is caused because I too don’t always picture Christ in the future with me.
Based upon conversations throughout my life with friends and family, I think anxiety and fear of the future are very common feelings. Whether fear and anxiety come because of uncertainty or because of past heartache, Christ has the power to help us have hope if we remember to picture Him in our future.
If you’re fearing what lies ahead for you, my invitation is to remember to envision Christ in your future with you. He will be there and can cast our fear.
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