“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.
Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Matthew 6:34 (NLT)
Wise foresight and contingency planning seem like prerequisites in our vocation and in fact they are good character traits and professional skills to develop. Along comes a situation or season where we cannot control nearly enough variables to feel comfortable in our own effort, and we have a clear choice to become anxious or to trust God as a loving Father.
My kids and I are captivated by the exuberant vitality and simple beauty observed in the flora and fauna that find refuge in our backyard garden. Creation gloriously illustrates what it means to trust and rest in God’s goodness, even as the human world around us contains a growing sense of uncertainty and is filled with troubles.
I love how Eugene Peterson paraphrases Matthew 6:30-34 in The Message:
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.
Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
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.”
Think of someone in your community or network whom you can encourage with a simple phone call, text message, or video chat. Let’s find creative ways to intentionally step toward one another and resist the urge to just hunker down or attempt to endure trials in isolation.
Jesus calls us to lay down anxiety, fretting, and our worries about the future, and He comes to us as the Savior who bears our burdens and carries us in His arms today (Psalm 68:18-19).
Warmly in Christ,
Lance Poole, on behalf of the MACFM Council
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