“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of it’s sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie ten Boom
I tend to be an over analyzer, an over thinker. My thoughts swirl round and round as I attempt to resolve a situation, conflict or problem.
I pray and give it to God – then take it right back – I can’t put it down.
There must be a solution, a plan, a conclusion. If I think about it long enough, surely I will figure it out.
During a challenging season, I was unpacking my difficulty with a friend. I shared concerns regarding the situation and potential future side effects.
I was stuck in my head – doing mental summersaults in an effort to minimize down-the-road fall out.
Listening to my attempts to cover every angle, this friend stopped my rambling, “You are worried about way too much. You need to pray and ask God what the next step is and let Him worry about the future.”
She reminded me of God’s provision for the Israelites while they were trekking through the desert:
When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.
Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer for each person you have in the tent.’”
The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little.
And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.
Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.
Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.”
However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it unitl morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell.
So Moses was angry with them.
Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away.
Exodus 16:15 – 20 NIV
My friend said:
“God gave the Israelites enough food for one day.”
“If they tried to stuff more in their pockets – provide for their future needs apart from God, it rotted.
In trying to figure everything out, you are going before God and into places where He isn’t. You need to stop trying to predict the future and focus on what He gives you today.”
“What He gives you for today is enough.”
Big exhale – peace filling truth – what He gives me for today is enough.
I think that’s why when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, part of that prayer included the words, “Give us each day our daily bread.”
When I allow His Presence to fill me instead of my own thoughts and worries, He gives me His peace.
And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagen world runs after such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Luke 12:29-30 NIV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:6-7 NIV
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
All through the Bible, God reassures me – “precious child, I’ve got you.”
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My life – my words and actions are a living testimony to what I believe about God.
Corrie ten Boom hid Jewish people from the Nazi’s during World War II in Holland. She was caught by the Germans who arrested and placed her in concentration camps. I leave you with some of what she says about this experience:
“I was 11 months a prisoner: first, for a month in solitary confinement, alone in a cell; then in a concentration camp in Holland, a German concentration camp; and then Ravensbruck, a terrible place north of Berlin. That’s where my sister died.
There are circumstances where you cannot do anything. It was only the Lord who has carried me through, and its good that I have experienced that. For I have always believed, now I know from experience, that Jesus’ light is stronger than the deepest darkness. And a child of God cannot go so deep; always deeper are the Everlasting Arms that carry you.”