I sat down at my computer to write while not knowing what words would appear. Sometimes they are a surprise to me as I type them. I am struggling to come up with a title for what I want to say. To make it all neat and tidy and “Christian”. I would love to have the perfect post in 300 words or less. But today it’s not coming to me. Because I don’t understand why I do the things I do. I don’t know why I don’t trust God with my future. I don’t know why I turn to my many distractions. I feel like I am being deceived into thinking that this problem, situation or opportunity is all up to me. If it is up to me I’m in trouble because I just don’t see it. I don’t see the way around it. You might be in a similar place. You have worked hard all your life to get to where you are. You have been responsible. You have made good choices, not perfect but good. What do you do when you have worked (and often succeeded) in making a wonderful life, but now you are looking at the possible end of life as you know it? What do you do when, despite you hard work and smart planning, things are not going well…not well at all?
There is no shortage of people handy that will give you advice on what to do with your life. I know, I have been one of those well meaning people. But, guess what, it’s not up to them. It’s your life, not theirs. They really don’t have that much skin in the game— not like you do. So what do you do? When times are bleak and things are not looking good… I don’t know the answer for you, and today I will not be one to give advice. I will only leave you with these words from Jesus. I know He will give you the answer you seek.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.