A Way Through
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? Any why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil or spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you - you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?' For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
"So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today." Matthew 6: 25-34 (NRSV)
Ryan Hall, the American record holder in the half-marathon, stated that we shouldn't think about the next hill ahead of us but instead focus on the next step ahead of us. This sentiment dovetails nicely with our scripture reading for today. We may worry about monthly bills, a wayward child, a bully, retirement, our health, or what we will eat, drink or wear. Philippians 4: 6-7 reminds us, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
Each of us can prepare for the future. However, worrying about the future can cause us to lose focus on the important tasks that we have before us today. Whatever problems we may face, we can take those problems to God in prayer. The Bible gives us many examples of when God has answered prayers - Hannah's prayer for a child )2 Kings 20: 1-6), Jonah's prayer for a second chance (Jon. 2: 1-10), and a leper's prayer to be made clean (Matt. 8: 1-3). God is capable of doing the same for us. Even when things seem desperate, with no way out - God has an answer waiting for us.
Prayer: Dear God, help us get through today and help us not to worry about tomorrow, in Jesus' name, amen.