At this time of year it is easy to get stressed with all that has to be done. The days seem to be missing hours and time passes so quickly. If we are not careful we dream of waking up when the holidays have passed and we miss out on the true joy of the season.
I have a bad habit of borrowing trouble, focusing on the supposed problems of tomorrow, that I often miss today. Living in Nepal has helped me a lot in this area. Because here I’ve learned truly what Jesus said is true. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34).
Here life can change in an instant and what you intend to do today may or not happen as you planned.
It is certainly easy to borrow trouble, but the reality of these great truths is the fact that God’s grace and His mercy are sufficient for only today, not for tomorrow, not for next week, not for next year. Only for today!
If our focus is on tomorrow, next week or next year we will grow anxious, we will worry and we will do what I am so guilty of doing and that is trying to figure it all out.
However, if our focus is on today, the day God has given us… then His grace and His mercy are enough for whatever may come our way.
This is certainly my most favorite time of the year. I love the excitement of the holidays, the joy of Christmas, the anticipation in the eyes of my children. But if my focus is on tomorrow and what all needs to be done.. then I miss this. I miss the joy, I miss the love, I miss the point.
Truly, today has enough trouble of its own, let us then focus on today and leave tomorrow to the Lord.
Let’s look to the Lord for the grace and mercy we need for this day, knowing and believing in faith that His grace and mercy will be sufficient for tomorrow as well.
His grace, His mercy… they are enough, they are sufficient, they are there in their fullness for today!
And as we think on this, we will then be able to be still in today, knowing that He is God!