In Good Times and in Bad

Jen Petersen

Read: James 4:13-17

Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” (v. 15)

When I was in college, I spent three summers working as a counselor at a summer camp. Each week a new batch of 10 elementary students would join me in my cabin. And each one probably asked at least three times a day, “When’s free time?” Or “When’s the store open?” As counselors, we would get so tired of answering the same questions that we would come up with nonsensical answers to the most frequently asked questions, just to bring some humor to the situation.

Like all of us, those campers just wanted to know what was coming. They wanted to plan ahead. And it’s good to plan for the future, to have goals that we’re aiming for. But it’s equally important to remember that God already holds the future. Sometimes our plans don’t work out. In those times, we can remember that God still carries us and wants good things for us. Other times things turn out exactly as we had hoped or even better. In those times, it’s just as important to remember that God carries us there, too, and to give thanks for God’s provision.

It can be tempting to think that when things go well, we have made them happen with our own hard work. Or that when bad things happen, it’s because God doesn’t care. But no matter where we find ourselves, remember that God is with us. —Jen Petersen

As you pray, thank God for holding your future, no matter what it brings.