Don’t Get Worked Up

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Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now,

and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.

God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

Matthew 6:34   

 Message Bible

While this may be a timely word for me right now, it is certainly easier said than done. I am a plotter and planner and worrier and prone to miss the present moment, even if it’s a good present moment. So lately, I have purposed to enter the moment, to focus on what’s at hand, to listen to whomever is speaking, really listen, to enjoy the right now moment  for what it is. Subject to change, and it came to pass, temporary at best. Good or bad, it simply won’t last. It is all I have right now.

I don’t seem to be able to pull it off for very long; I have to constantly remind myself to let go and get back into the moment. I hate that it is so hard for me; that after all these years of being a Christ follower, I still struggle with letting go of tomorrow and whatever it may bring. It seems too passive. I am surrounded by people who are planning their lives – when they will graduate, when they will marry, how many kids, what kind of home, and their life is on a schedule and I have no such schedule and it makes me feel like I’m drifting. Nowhere. Or somewhere. Who knows?  I don’t.

But if I start making a schedule than that produces anxiety. No matter how well planned my schedule may be, I can’t plan on the unexpected or prepare for it. How do you prepare to hear the words, “we think it’s cancer” or “I don’t really love you anymore” or “we are cutting back and no longer need your services”? Where do these fit in my carefully prepared schedule? The fact is they don’t. But even if I can’t see them coming, God does. And as a Christ follower, that should bring me more peace than it sometimes does. I’m just being honest here. This verse addresses that tension in my life – my desire to live fully this moment and leave the next moment and the next and the next in God’s hands and my propensity to fret and stress over the unknowns lurking around the corner.  Like I said, easier said than done, but with God’s help, I choose this moment and give Him the rest.

How I need this reminder that You, O Lord, are the One that holds my tomorrows and my todays. Thank You. Help me to rest in that knowledge, let that word sink down into my spirit and when I am tempted to fret over tomorrow, would You cause that word to rise up big in me? I purpose to live this moment fully, to honor You with faith and not dishonor You with my fears. But I need Your help to do that and so I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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