Man, it’s been a while.
I miss writing when I don’t write.
My life has been insane lately due to the fact that I was moving, once again. Everytime I move, I vow to myself “never again” and well, you see how well that works.
Anywho, no excuse, just lots to do, exhausted and writing got put on the back burner.
As so many things have changed in my life lately, I started thinking about where I was two months ago.
It’s funny because about that time, I wrote about where I was in my life a year before that, so a year and two months ago from today.
I didn’t guess that I would be where I was two months ago, two months ago.
And I didn’t guess that I would be where I am, today.
In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever guessed it right actually.
I am really bad about knowing the future.
I have found that the reason I am so bad (well there are multiple) but a common one is that I try to cook tomorrow’s recipe with today’s ingredients.
I predict tomorrow’s weather forecast using today’s precipitation rate.
In other words, I try to base how tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and two years from now will look based on today’s circumstances.
Which is SO dumb.
I’m sorry, there is no better way to say it- that is straight stupid!
A particular verse came to my mind when I started thinking about this:
“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 – The Message
The grace you are given today is for TODAY.
You can not dip your hand into tomorrow’s jar and wonder how you will be able to get from Point A to Point B tomorrow because you are not IN tomorrow yet!
Jesus specifically says that His grace is sufficient for our lives.
That means it is not lacking in anything!
His grace covers our faults, our weaknesses, our mishaps and our mistakes.
In HIS time.
Which is daily.
It is now.
Jesus is helping you deal with today’s issues in today’s timeframe with today’s weather conditions and today’s mishaps.
It only makes sense that when we try to carry burdens for anything and everything that might happen in the next week/month/year for our lives and plan how to avoid the traps that we get completely OVERWHELMED.
Dude, we can’t even handle today alone.
Much less tomorrow or the next day or our entire future.
If I had to guess what Jesus has been saying to me lately, it would be this:
“My child, sit down.
I have watched you pace the carpet in your bedroom to the point that you are wearing it down.
Why do you continue to worry so much about how you will get from Point A to Point B?
I have promised you that I will take care of you and that WE will deal with the storms when they come.
Have I not fulfilled all that I have promised?
Do me a favor. Think back to when you could not sleep and your heart was so anxious—were those thoughts stemming from My truth?
How would you know how you are going to cross the river when you do not see the boat I am constructing behind you?
I am always working on your behalf.
My plan for your life is inconceivable, so while I do want you to dream big, I do not want you to worry big.
My grace is sufficient for you TODAY.
I know your hands are tired.
Can I carry your luggage now, my love?
Just hold my hand and enjoy the sunshine on your face as we walk to the next destination.
I love you so much.”
As I write that and read that over to myself, I feel so much comfort in His provision and sufficient grace for my life.
And today, despite my fleshly tendency to reach for my bags, I am letting Jesus carry my luggage and simply holding His hand.
Friends, I want to encourage you to stop worrying about the mental weather prediction you have made for your life for the next year and rest in today’s sunshine.
Tomorrow will come when it comes and a batch of fresh grace will come along with it.
But for now, don’t reach for it. Leave it in tomorrow’s jar.
Tomorrow’s forecast: unavailable. Focus on today.
“Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” -Matthew 11:30 The Message