Matthew 6:31-34 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Well, this Scripture convicts me, but try as I might, I find myself defaulting to discussing the future as though it were a certainty and ever planning for “tomorrow”.
This weekend, our family(minus Courtney’s husband, Sam, who will be in special training with the Army), is scheduled to gather in St. Augustine. I believe we are all excited, each for our own reasons, for the break and chance to see on another.
For I don’t know how long, Jonathan has been counting down the days to this trip he scheduled for us. In his excitement, each day he comes home and holds up as many fingers as he has days remaining. I, who usually wait for the last minute to throw things in a bag (especially when headed to the beach… I have discovered there are more things than bathing suits I need to pack, even though last time I came home with most of my clothes not worn), have a stack of suits, of course, 6 pair of shorts, 3 dresses (and don’t even get me started on shoes, jewelry, etc, etc, etc)! My room looks like I’m having a yard sale!
So where is the line between planning and over-stepping, taking for granted that even our next breath is not up to us, but according to God’s Will? I don’t believe the Lord intends for us not to look ahead to a degree. (The following does not always apply to all of us). We go to the grocery to make sure we have food for our family, we budget, on and on, but I think
(now this is me, so take it at that), there is a difference between being as prepared as we can be without making assumptions about our lives. He has numbered our days (Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom),
If the Lord sees fit to grant another day, year, decades, He will give us the wisdom, courage, grace and faith to face whatever future He has in store for each one of His children. Ultimately, it is up to our Creator as to how, where or even if we continue our journey here or if He intends to take us Home.
Thank You for this beautiful day
Please forgive us of our sins against You, others and ourselves
Thank You for every breath You’ve allowed
And when we no longer draw air in this world
We will be in the Presence of our King
So through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ Alone
As Your children, we come through victorious
Lord, You allow trials in our lives
And regardless the outcome
You prove Yourself faithful
You are the same yesterday, today and forevermore
Our Gracious King and Lord
You set Your Children apart
We are guarded by Your Strength
Sheltered under Your Mighty Wings
Comforted by Your Love
Filled with hope
Guided by faith
Who is like You, God
Please give us strength for today
And whatever tomorrow may bring
We know, be it here, please give us direction and desire to follow Your Will
And if the morning comes and we’ve escaped our earthly body
Oh the wonder we will know, bowed down at Your Feet in Glory!
In the Name of Jesus
Because He Lives https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M-zwE33zHA
(One of my Mom’s favorites! I can still hear that sweet little voice chirping this, raising her hands, praising her Lord she’s with today). The church we were members of was not charismatic, but Mom was there to worship, not fit in to how others did. As a child, then a youth, I didn’t get it. Now I understand.
In The Garden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aIhta9exts
(My Daddy’s favorite. I still remember this being played at his service. I was barely 7, but I remember being perplexed, wondering (why everyone was so upset (I didn’t understand the concept of missing him). I took at face value that Daddy was in Heaven with Jesus and I would see him again because that is what my parents had taught me). One of my parent’s friends asked me why I wasn’t crying (odd question to ask a child in that situation, don’t you think? She was a hateful lady anyway). I just looked at her and asked her why I should be sad since my Daddy was in Heaven. “Aren’t you going to miss him?” (I vividly remember this conversation). “I’ll see him again”. The conversation ended!
Of course when reality set in that he was gone, even if for whatever amount of time until I saw him again, I was incredibly saddened. He died in August and that winter, I would come home from school, get his lamb’s wool lined bomber jacket from the closet and curl up and nap ion the floor in the living room. Looking back, I know that sight must have broken Mom’s heart, but that precious lady let me do it all the same. It still smelled like him and I hugged myself as I drifted off to sleep. The Comforter was there and got all of us through those days and years ahead.
credits: God the Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Scripture
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