Looking At Tomorrow With Today’s Tired Eyes

Looking At Tomorrow With Today’s Tired Eyes

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:34 NIV

I must admit that I’m guilty of worrying about tomorrow…every night as a matter of fact.

One night, as I lay in bed, I found myself in the middle of my all too familiar routine. I began to run through all the tasks I needed to do the next day: Let’s see…tomorrow I have to schedule that appointment, send those emails, make that phone call at lunch…then when I get home from work I have to go for a run, cook…but I have no idea what I’ll make…shoot, I’m probably not going to get in bed until 11:00, then I won’t get enough sleep…

It wasn’t five minutes before I was in a panic. Tears streaming down my face, I wailed, I just can’t handle life! It’s too stressful! It was in that moment that God broke through my emotional fog. He calmly said to me, “You’re looking at tomorrow with today’s tired eyes.”

Huh!  I had noticed that my anxiety increased as the day wore on. As I pondered that phrase, I realized that God’s grace really is sufficient− but it is sufficient for today. Not today and tomorrow.

The image of an hourglass came to mind, but instead of sand, it was filled with grace. At the start of the day, the hourglass was full. As the day continued, the grace filtered down until at the end of the day there was nothing left. In the morning, it was filled again, ready to be used.

Silly me! I had been trying to borrow from tomorrow’s supply of grace. Of course it wasn’t there yet.

I tried to keep the image of the hourglass with me, but the next night my old habit returned. God met me there again. “Things are never experienced the way they’re imagined,” he whispered to my heart. “If you’re going to imagine a situation, you might as well imagine my grace there too.”

I had to repent for my lack of trust.  How many times had I anticipated tomorrow and left out God’s grace? How many times had I been crippled with anxiety? I should have envisioned all the ways God could help me instead of all the ways I could fail.

I want to challenge you and me to try that the next time anxiety starts to creep up, whether it’s about the whole day ahead or something specific. What empowerment, to walk through the day imagining God’s grace at work. How different would things look? Would God seem bigger? More capable of taking care of us?

I believe that he would. Though I’m not yet at the place where I don’t worry about tomorrow, I can choose to see it through a lens of faith rather than fear. I can choose to believe that his grace is sufficient for me, just as it has always been.

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Erica Evans About Erica Evans

Erica Evans is a wife, HR professional, and a Highly Sensitive Person. She believes God has given each woman a unique calling, but fear and discouragement can set in on the journey. On her blog, Confident, Competent & Fulfilled she writes honestly about emotions in order to propel women past them, and towards their destiny.

Comments

  1. This post speaks to my soul, Erica! I am guilty of this, too, and constantly ask God for help with it. I love the image of the hourglass… I’m going to remember that next time I’m in one of those panicky moments.

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  2. Thanks, Cherie! I agree that worry needs to be constantly surrendered. Still working on it, but God is faithful!

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  3. Wonderful post! Thank you!

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