“Oh no! Why did you do that? Why did you bring your drinks downstairs?” My mom groaned.
Apparently, my kids spilled lemonade on her brand new carpet.
“But, Nana, we have water and we didn’t spill anything!” They said.
“Yes, you did. I see that big splotch on the ground.” My mom pointed at a big dark circle on the ground.
“But, Nana, that’s only a shadow.”
The closer mom got, the more she could see. The kids were right. What my mom was stressing about was only a shadow, not a spill.
How often do we see things that are only shadows? How often do we misconstrue words into something that another is not even saying? How often do we perceive what people are thinking, when they are not? How often does what we worry about not even come true? How often do our perceptions become projections onto others?
Jesus is wise.
Instead of worry, Jesus essentially says, “Hey you! Don’t run ahead… Don’t get ahead of yourself, or me, for that matter.”
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Mt. 6:34)
We never really know what we face until we come face-to-face with the reality of it. That’s why we can’t make a mole into cancer. Or, a child’s actions into a proclamation of their life. Or, a husband’s lack of timeliness as a determination of who He is or, who we are. Or, our yesterday into a predictor of our today.
We do not know — until Jesus says it is time for us to know. There is no benefit to trying to figure things out, either.
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Mt. 6:27)
When we run ahead of God, we run out of grace. We run out from under grace’s cover. This is why worry, fear and anxiety mount. But, to stay with the Holy Spirit, in the present moment — is to keep peace and to walk in the ever-present help of God.
How is your mind prone to run ahead? Where do you lose peace?
What might God want you to know in your here-and-now?
Consider: Has God ever let you down? Has He ever stopped helping you? What did you worry about 3 years ago? How are things going now.
Take an opportunity to: Thank God. Release your worry to Him. Repent of fear. Renew your heart and mind in Christ Jesus, for He cares for you.
Things are not always as they appear. Darkness tries to fool us sometimes. Things are not as dim as the enemy wants to make them look. Raise up your head to see — where your light comes from — and you may get a whole new outlook as you do.
Prayer: Father, I know where my help comes from. My help comes from the Maker, the Creator and the Author of Life. Forgive me for looking left and right, into the past and way-ahead into the future. Holy Spirit is here with me, right-here, right now. I want to walk with you and talk with you. I want to be united with you, without stress and burdens. Will you comfort me and help me? I trust you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.