I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. -Is. 42:16
I dread things, especially stuff at work. “Oh no, something unfamiliar is coming up this week; failure awaits!” You vainly search a barren desert for a rock to hide behind, but cannot find even a pebble.
Calvin Coolidge’s famous quote is certainly true: “If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.” But it is not encouraging. What if the thing you dread is the 1 in 10?
What is encouraging are the promises made to believers, so beautifully stated by Cowper in “God Moves in a Mysterious Way:”
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.