So it’s only minutes away from midnight and I’m anything but tired…I think I’m still running on Philippino time!
Do you ever have nights like this? You’re all ready for bed, tucked up, in the dark…but sleep just won’t come? You lie there for a while, hoping it will find you but before long you find yourself thinking of things you have to do tomorrow, what you feel like for dinner, that letter you still have to write and the party that you have yet to buy a present for. Soon enough, a few hours have passed and you’re more wired than you were before!
These moments never cease to annoy me. I get annoyed at myself because my brain won’t shut down. I get annoyed that I ate that piece of caffeine-filled chocolate too close to bed time and I get annoyed that I live too much in the tomorrow rather than the now. I truly think that’s part of my problem – living in the now and letting tomorrow worry about itself.
Matthew 6:34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
I am the best at not really taking proper hold of this verse, of this command. I’m a planner. I’m organised. I like to be in control. I like to know what’s going on…and to not think and worry and stress about tomorrow feels unnatural to me. Silly right? Because really – how much control can I have over tomorrow? Next to none! There’s no guarantee I’ll even wake up tomorrow! I’m purely running off the assumption that I will, God willing!!
So as I lie here tonight I read that verse again and I back-track…
Matthew 6:25-34 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
God. Has. Got. It.
Today, tomorrow, the next day and the next – He has got it sorted. Yes, prepare, make plans and put things in the diary. Life would be too chaotic if we didn’t…but don’t dwell on it all. Don’t sit there twiddling your thumbs, biting your nails and anxiously rocking back and forth about what is to come because He has delivered more than we will ever fully understand.
And if there is no tomorrow here on earth? Then He’s got that covered too! So as I shut this blog off for tonight and try to get some rest, I hope you find rest too knowing that worry only causes more worry but trusting in a prepared and loving Father means peace and comfort in what is to come.