“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
I’m no exception, I’m one of those who worry a lot about the future, of the ‘what if’s’, of the unknown. It is tiring to say the least. There are nights when I could not sleep worrying about my future: of unpaid bills, of getting the next project, of what my life will be like a few years from now. Being single and a freelancer has its freedom and perks, but it also comes with some worries.
I’ve read Matthew 6 several times, especially verses 25-34. These are verses often introduced to the young believers and a comfort for those who have been in the faith for some time. Though I’m the latter, there are moments that these do not bring comfort. (Yes, me of little faith!) How can I not worry when bills are piling up and I start to feel creaks and pain in my body that were not felt a few days ago?
But spending time with my 7yo nephew who has Autism, made the verses 25-34 clearer. Miguel’s therapists have been teaching him the concept of ‘today, yesterday and tomorrow’. He has difficulty understanding the concept of ‘yesterday and tomorrow’, but has no problem with ‘today’. Miguel focuses on ‘today’, the present, the now: what he eats today, the things he could do today, his schedule for the day. He does not worry about yesterday, more so about tomorrow. He happily goes about his life, knowing that his parents and family will take care of him for the ‘tomorrows’. Miguel has faith in his parents and family.
This is what the Lord is asking of me, of us: to trust Him, to have faith in Him who gave His life for us. Like Miguel, I could trust in my Lord for He knows everything about me, even my unspoken and hidden desires of the heart. I could trust my Creator for He created me for His purpose and He works everything for the good of those who love Him.
I could put my faith in Him who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. The troubles of today are enough: of understanding His word and applying it to the present; of responding in Christ-likeness when you encounter difficult people or circumstance; of being a trustworthy steward even in the little things; of sharing who our Lord and Savior is to our family, friends and the people that cross our paths; and of thanking and praising Him for today’s abundant blessings.
Knowing that the Lord has our back (and front, center, sides, above and below), we could joyfully rest in His peace!
*My reflection on “Breaking Anxiety’s Grip” by Michelle Bengtson