It’s not hard these days to find something to worry about. Just spend five minutes on social media or watching the news, and you’ll be full of anxiety if you aren’t careful. Often, we tend to imagine and worry about things that will never happen. I like the definition of worry I recently came across: Worry is interest paid on a debt we may never owe.
How much of your Wednesday have you spent imagining? I don’t mean the good use of imagination: pondering, dreaming, thinking up new possibilities. I mean the negative use of imagination: creating challenging and/or nerve-wracking circumstances from a future that may never come. Have you been wasting your Wednesday by imagining with dread what it might be like to get through the next few days or weeks?
When we worry, we miss our ability to be present for the day. We become fearful, burdened, miserable company, and terribly ineffective.
God gives us grace for today. Today is Wednesday. And today God has given us the supply of grace we need for navigating Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Today, Wednesday, what God hasn’t given us is the grace to navigate our Thursday– what we think will happen on Thursday or what actually will happen on Thursday.
Let me put it another way: God has not promised to give us the grace to face what we imagine we might experience. He has promised to sustain us only in the experiences that He actually brings us into.
This does not mean difficult situations won’t come. We live in a sin-infested world filled with challenges. Yet in those challenges, we can trust that God has given us grace for today and that tomorrow can worry about itself.
The Lord has created us to live one day at a time. May we be present today, trusting that God’s mercies are new each morning.
I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:19-23)