by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” (Matthew 6:34a, NIV)
I am writing this Daily Water next to a pool in Panama City Beach, Florida. Just a moment ago, I walked Mia to the bathroom so she could take care of business. As we walked, we strolled, hand-in-hand, listening to the sound of the man-made waterfall just to our right. The significance of the moment is not lost on me, because just a couple days ago, our daughter was dying. You see, she had a seizure, and for all intents and purposes, she stopped breathing. If not for quick response of the Bartow County EMS, and the skill of the emergency room professionals at Scottish Rite Hospital, today would be an entirely different kind of day from what we are enjoying.
As we walked to the bathroom, I felt the power of Jesus’ teaching, and what we read as today’s verse. He said not to worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. On one hand, the Lord talked about not worrying…on the other, He taught about enjoying the moment. This is something that strikes me as I soak up the rays in our slice of paradise. Yes, we have no idea if her epilepsy will flair up tomorrow, but if I focus all of my energy there, I miss what is right in front of me.
How does that strike you? When we worry, we borrow from tomorrow’s energy in order to survive today. This is not good for me, end it cannot be good for you. It takes enough just to make it through each and every day, and I find it difficult for anyone to argue with that.
So, what uncertainties hang over your head today? Are they borrowing from tomorrow’s energy? Are they stealing today’s joy? Don’t let them! Enjoy the moments you have, because as the old wisdom goes, tomorrow isn’t promised, which is why today is a gift. Let’s live in the present. Shall we?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for today. Forgive me for the times I overlook the sufficient of your grace in the moment, needing to borrow from tomorrow’s energy and joy in order to survive today. Help me to keep my eyes fixed on you, so no matter what comes me way, I know I don’t have to face it alone. I ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen.