Hey y’all! I’ve honestly been anxious to write something, but several things have put a halt to the process. First, writer's block. Typical. Second, the fluuuu. I sit here on the couch in the middle of my cozy little pillow kingdom with a heating pad on my stomach trying to type these words out without getting too dizzy. Apparently this cold and flu thing has started going around. Yay for winter! (Did you sense my sarcasm there?)
Okay, enough about me, let me show you this really cool piece of Scripture.
“Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34 ESV
I like to look at this one in a few different versions. Here’s the King James Version:
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” KJV
While I might not suggest always reading in the KJV, it can be beneficial to look at it as a reference. It often shows you things that the other versions softened a bit. In Matthew 6:34, for example, all that stuff about “the morrow” can be confusing. However; The last verse includes something that the ESV does not (Nor does the NIV, HCSB, ASV, or any other version I have seen). It talks about the evil thereof. The other versions use the word “trouble”. Very close, yes, but when I first read the KJV I saw something different. When I read “trouble” I saw something reflecting my own trouble. Something that I inflict upon myself. When I saw “evil”, I saw the world. This reminded me that our worries are vast and wide-spread.
This reminded me that my worries are vast and wide-spread.
I don’t think about my own worries, I mean, I do, but that’s not all I think about. The evils and the troubles of our world, too, weigh heavy on my soul.
And God doesn’t want it to be that way. Right here is a commandment telling us so. See, if we fill ourselves with the stress, worries, and evils of the future, suddenly there’s no more strength (or faith) to face what we have before us today. Corrie Ten Boom says it best:
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength - carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its struggles, it empties today of its strength.”
We cannot fulfill our purpose for right now, if we are consuming ourselves with what we are going to do in the future. We’re humans, and there’s not enough strength for such a thing.
And that’s okay!
That has to be okay.
We have to let it be okay.
I wanted a metaphor about this verse. Maybe it’s irrelevant, I don’t know, but it helps me. After sitting here (still surrounded by all those pillows on the couch) and came up with nothing, it was time to call in the reinforcements. a.k.a, mom. She could make a metaphor out of anything, I’m telling you. When I shared with her Matthew 6:34, she said it reminded her of the saying “Enough light just for the step I’m on”. The way I saw this, If life is a staircase, each day is a step. Trust me, if we could see the whole staircase, at least for me, I would stop right in my tracks, park my booty on the step i’m on, and refuse to move. Too scary. Too many worries, too much evil. Instead, look at each step. Each day. Don’t allow yourself to light up any more steps. Focus on today and serve God today with what you have.
And that’s enough!
That has to be enough.
We have to let it be enough.
The reality is, tomorrow is not guaranteed. I’m not advising you to drive off a cliff or canoe over the grand canyon or even rush anything prematurely just because you’re living in the moment. Be wise, but be obedient. It can be wise to prepare myself for tomorrow, for the future, but I’m not being obedient if I’m allowing that to consume and overwhelm me. Is this making any sense?
Thanks for reading along, friends.Faith