Fear Not Tomorrow….God’s Already There!!

by Karen Emberlin

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.     Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

Is today one of those intense grief days?  Are you struggling with the fear of the unknowns in your life without your husband?

I remember clearly the feeling of fear gripping my entire being the morning I awoke realizing my husband was not in a “deep sleep” but had journeyed to his heavenly home.  I could not imagine how I was ever going to face another tomorrow without him.  For 48 years he was my constant companion, best friend, lover, father to our children, working partner, protector and so much more.  We truly had become “one” and depended on each other all of the time.  Many people said they rarely saw one of us without the other!

“Tomorrow” is a word often filled with promise and hope.  With the challenges I faced, the thought of tomorrow left me feeling anxious, inadequate, and overpowered.  I knew in order to conquer the fear of tomorrow I had to trust God to be my constant companion and my ultimate caretaker.  I needed to focus on Him, who He is, His promises, and His plan for me.

The following words were written in one of the devotionals I use “ I am with you continually, so don’t be intimidated by fear.  Though it stalks you, it cannot harm you, as long as you cling to My hand.  Keep your eyes on Me, enjoying Peace in My Presence.”

Music has always touched my heart allowing me to communicate with God when I cannot focus as I should.  A few weeks before my husband’s passing we had the privilege of attending the first performance of  “Fear Not Tomorrow – A Worship Experience” at our church.  The music and the message it brought seemed so timely – we were facing uncertain tomorrows relating to our business.  Little did I know how my tomorrows would change in just a short time – but God did – He was already there and preparing me through the ministry of this music.

I have spent many hours listening and absorbing the message of this music in the past few months.  My husband fulfilled many roles and took care of me during the time I was allowed to spend with him.  It is hard to imagine that anyone else would care that much for me  –   but God does!   His love is never ending, His arms are there to hold and embrace me, and He’s in control of every tomorrow I will face.

I’d like to share the words from one of the songs:

Come all who are broken

Come if you’re afraid

Come taste His sweet water

Come feel His embrace

There’s more than existing

There’s more He will give

The future is waiting

This time is yours to live

 

His arms always open

They’re aching to hold

The bounties of heaven

Are waiting to flow

Let go what restrains you

Let God fill your soul

You don’t know tomorrow

But you know Who’s in control

 

Fear not tomorrow

God is already there

Through your joy or in sorrow

Every moment is in His care

Let the song of His love

Sing over you and declare

Fear not tomorrow

God is already there *

 

My dear Sisters, I continually need to ask the Lord’s help to face tomorrow, and what it might bring, without fear.  In the midst of my heartache I forget and take my eyes off of Jesus.  And that’s whenever the fear creeps back in!  I pray He will continue to remind each of us of His greatness and Love for us, and His presence in all of our tomorrows as we walk this unwanted Journey of Widowhood.

 

 *Fear Not Tomorrow by:

Sarah Mentzer, Brandee Vandergriff, and Tim Paul

Used by Permission – Copyright © 2011 Risen Music Publishing

6 replies
  1. Brenda. Lewis
    Brenda. Lewis says:

    Thank you for this article my husband of 51years went to heaven on dec.27 2012.i miss him everyday. I am thankful for the time I had with him. He always called me his bride and was my protector and friend.

    • Karen
      Karen says:

      Brenda, I am so sorry for your loss and understand how you feel. When you live with someone that long it feels as though part of you is also gone. I pray the ministry of A Widows Might will be an encouragement to you. God bless you!

  2. Lynne Morgan
    Lynne Morgan says:

    My husband and I met when he was 15 and I was 14. We celebrated 45 years of marriage this past June 2012. We were always inseparable – people say it was never just Barry or Lynne – it was always Barry & Lynne. And that was how we loved it. My beloved left his earthly place and passed into the loving arms of Jesus on November 20, 2012 after a one year horrific battle with pancreatic cancer. I was his sole caregiver during that time. I learned to make decisions on my own during that time, but now I struggle with making them alone. Afraid I will make a mistake. Thank you for the beautiful post today it is such a blessing – a reminder that no matter what, trusting Jesus is our answer to everything. He is our helper.

    Thank you for the ministry of A Widow’s Might. It is such a blessing to me.

    • Karen
      Karen says:

      Lynne,
      As you know, it is not easy to find yourself “alone” after so many years of being “one”. There are so many changes, but I thank the Lord for His presence and direction. I am so happy that the ministry of A Widow’s Might is an encouragement to you. Please visit with us often!

  3. FlowerLady Lorraine
    FlowerLady Lorraine says:

    Thank you Karen ~ Fear is a mind killer that can always bring us down. Keeping our hearts and minds focused on Jesus lifts us up out of the pit of fear and despair.

    May you continually feel God’s loving presence flowing through and surrounding you ~ FlowerLady

    • Karen
      Karen says:

      Thank you, Lorraine, for your response. This journey would be impossible without God’s presence. May He bless you too!

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