Each day holds a whole new set of known concerns. Sometimes I can feel overwhelmed in just the transitions of our family from one place to another. How do we all get somewhere different within two minutes with one vehicle? Thank the Lord we live in a small town!
Then we have the unknown things. The last minutes stresses that can pop up. A sick family member, a hurting friend, an unexpected vehicle break down.
How do we handle all the unknowns without turning into jumpy little rabbits just waiting for the next catastrophe?
Matthew 6:34 sheds some light.
“Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.”
Where does this confidence come from that everything will be ok? It comes from Jesus himself. These are his words to us. He is the one speaking here and he gives assurance straight from his heart that the details are in his hands.
When I started consistently journaling a few years ago, everything changed in my life.
Practically this is what I’ve been doing to deal with “one day at a time”:
Each day I write down everything I’m concerned about for the next day. It could be as simple as I’m leading worship and I don’t have a guitar player, to a friend is having surgery, to not knowing when in the day I’m going to make supper.
I write it all down and then tell the Lord to take each of these things and work them out. I pass it all onto him. I’m not saying that I won’t take responsibility, but I am saying I need him to show me how.
This has been an incredible experience. So many times I’ve done this and woken up to a text from someone who felt they should bring us supper, or a member of my worship team felt they should stay in town for the service, or another kind of answer.
Other times the Lord just lays out a strategic plan that I had not thought of that makes all the pieces of the puzzle click into place.
One day at a time with Jesus. He’s got this. I’ve got this, with him.
God is good, and he cares about the details of our lives. He cares that we don’t drown in worry.
The incredible thing about the Father is he IS compassion, he IS mercy, he IS grace. He doesn’t just hold these things in his heart, he actually encompasses all that they are. He created those virtues.
You can approach the throne of the Lord and lay every single care at his feet.
Lord I pray that my friends would give “laying all these things at your feet” a try and that they would experience your peace that goes beyond what makes sense for the reality of their circumstances. I ask that you would release creative solutions and strategies that would blow their minds. I pray that they would have favour with people who would come alongside them and want to help them out in their day to day life. Thank you for caring about us on earth even when you see the vastness of eternity. I love you. In Jesus name. Amen.