First off I need to give credit where credit is due. The title for this devotional was passed to me by my very wise sister. It was divinely timed because when she sent me the email, I was struggling with the exact opposite. I was fretting about tomorrow, about the following week, about the whole next month. Have you ever done this? Have you ever found yourself unable to focus on the present moment even when as believers in Jesus we're taught, â€œTherefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.â€ Matthew 6:34 NIV
Admittedly this is easier said than
done, especially when our thinking takes us in directions that cause
worry, anxiety and occasionally outright panic. Stewing about issues
outside of our present moment can lead us away from trusting God and in
the fact that he always has our best interests in mind. In my moment of
distress, among many it seems, my sister offered me this; she said,
Sometimes when I'm feeling down I ask myself, "what do I need right
now?" or "what can I do for ME to make me feel better?" Perhaps for you
it's a good cup of tea or coffee, a brisk walk or browsing through
scripture and finding a verse that brings comfort and helps settle your
mind. Maybe it's a prayer that helps re-direct your thinking.
During the time preceding my mother going to be with the Lord, she
struggled daily with her thinking. It was difficult for her to stay in
the present moment because of the pain and suffering she endured.
Despite this, she offered my sister a coping strategy that I believe has
merit for daily living and the tendency we have to fret beyond the
present moment. She would break the day up into three parts and
concentrate on getting through the morning and thinking of nothing else.
Then she'd focus on the afternoon and finally the evening. This helped
her live in the moment and not to fear beyond that.
And with that
idea, latch yourself to a piece of scripture that provides you with the
strength to â€˜do today, to stay in the present moment' as you trust God
to take care of those little and often troubling details in your life.
Here are a few of mine, â€œPraise the Lord; praise God our Saviour! For
each day he carries us in his arms.â€ Psalm 68:19 NLT, or this; â€œYou
will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are
fixed on you!â€ Isaiah 26:3 NLT
If you're worrying beyond today,
focus on Jesus and give Him the moment you're in right now. Allow his
love to surround your heart and mind as you do something just for you.
Living in the here and now of our lives is no easy feat, but as we lean
on God's promises, we can know with assurance that our heavenly Father
will see us through today and provide the strength we need when the sun
rises again tomorrow.