linking with Five Minute Friday at katemotaung.com – write for five minutes on a given prompt, which today is “news”
Waiting for news is one of the things I hate the most. This week I’ve been waiting for news about my car which broke down last week, and that has been bad enough. Especially when they finally had news and said someone would call me back, only to make me wait another two hours…
Waiting for news of medical results for myself or someone close to me, or the outcome of an exam or job interview or important conversation, is even worse.
According to an article I read, there are three personality factors which are responsible for the fact that I hate waiting for news: a low tolerance for uncertainty, a high degree of need for closure, and a high level of “defensive pessimism”. This is when you imagine the worst possible outcome in order to prepare yourself to deal with it, and I am an expert at this. I have a vivid imagination and in any situation I can come up with a huge variety of possible disaster scenarios, which I do realise is a huge waste of time and energy and only leads to anxiety.
Lately though I’ve been learning to give it to God and to focus on the fact that whatever the outcome of a situation, it is not news to God. He knows and he has it covered.
He sees the big picture of the world: “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” (Acts 17:26)
He sees our little individual pictures: “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalm 139:16)
Whatever surprises we may face, whatever good or bad news we might receive, none of it is news to him, so all the worrying and preparing for the worst is pointless. Far better to look to God who already knows and who already has a plan to deal with it, whatever news we receive, to God who is “our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
Far better to be like the godly people described in Psalm 112:7: “They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.”