Many of us often get Lost in Space . . . or should I say Lost in Speculation. We spend our time thinking about what might happen or what we believe is happening or what we fear is happening when little (and sometimes none) of it has any foundation in fact. This could be regarding relationships, health, job situations, or any other number of situations.
It is during our hours of speculation that we need to heed Robot’s warning: “Danger! Danger, (insert your name)!” because speculation creates a reality that is not true, endangers relationships unnecessarily, and feeds worry when there is nothing to worry about.
Jesus tells us, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34). I think most of us would agree with that last part.
I have two quotes on my wall by Corrie Ten Boom (which I might have shared with you before) that help me when I get “Lost in Speculation.” The first says, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
The second is, “Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength––carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
If we were to flip this problem to the positive, it would look like Psalm 119:105, which says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” God knows what the future will hold, and through His Word he promises to light our way and direct our paths, but those word pictures imply that He will only give us enough information for the next few steps. He doesn’t show us a mile down the road.
So next time you find yourself Lost in Space . . . in Speculation, remember Robot’s warning and God’s promises, and you will have more joy for today.