Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. – Dale Carnegie
Are you familiar with the Bible verse in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”? I had the opportunity to see this verse in action recently.
I have had a few health concerns and the doctor wanted to do an endoscopy to get some answers. My initial response was no. I freaked out at the idea of a camera going into my stomach through my mouth and esophagus. My desire for health trumped my fear. However, every day leading up to the endoscopy, I woke up with fear and thoughts of “what if?”. I battled it with reading scripture, listening to a sermon, watching a worship video on YouTube and surrounding myself with praying friends.
The day of the endoscopy, I woke up without any fear. What?! Then I remembered this verse. Worrying about tomorrow led me to daily fear. When tomorrow was today, I was OK. God provides what we need when we need it. I didn’t need peace the day before or the day before that. I needed peace the day of the procedure. He gave it.
When I sought out this verse for today’s blog, I discovered the verse before it.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Every day I had fear and worry, I sought Him. His kingdom and His righteousness were my focus. I had done what the Bible instructs. I never knew those 2 verses were connected. I knew them, but separately. I applied verse 33 and my days didn’t stay in worry. Our best weapon against worrying about tomorrow is to seek! It seems simple because it is. Sometimes we need to seek Him hourly to battle our worry. Maybe even minutely. That’s OK. Just seek!
He knows our frailties. He knows our weaknesses. He knows us. So, He made it simple. Seek!
Dream Big! Pray Big!
(Health update: we got some answers that day and have a few more questions to answer but so far I’m doing OK.)