Are We There Yet?

“I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:25-34)

Some people live their whole lives in the future. The triumphs and tribulations of today slip away without notice, so concerned are they with tomorrow.

God has given us the strength we need for today. So why expend that strength on tomorrow and thus wear ourselves out today? And why do we assume that tomorrow will be a problem? If we’ve got to think about tomorrow, then at least we should have happy thoughts about it.

And what are the happy thoughts we can have? That God will take care of us. God knows our needs as much as we do. He cares about us as much as we care about ourselves.

So we shouldn’t keep asking, are we there yet, like some child on a trip with her parents. Instead, we can simply enjoy the time with our parents: we can focus on God with us now and trust God to take care of what we need when we need it. We don’t even have to think about it. We can use our minds for more important things, like enjoying God today, this very moment, in this bright shining instant.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm the interim pastor at Quartz Hill Community Church. I have written several books. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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