I can’t think of a title, let alone subject matter as of late.
The last brick has been knocked off the foundation, and it’s officially the season of re-building!
We will be moving out of state soon. I am both excited and nervous– it means the end of my exile in rural Iowa. Back to civilization!!
Three years ago, we were hopeful about the future here. Now… No more striving for some future purpose. Life is now. It can only be lived in the present.
I do not know what the future holds. How could I? I’m done with trying to make my own plans. God has a knack for screwing with them, so I may as well just follow His lead.
That’s the difference. Living one day at a time, stepping out one foot in front of the other, knowing fully this world is not home. Why try to get comfortable here? Why try to predict what I cannot see? Why strive against the will of God?
Maybe we are nuts for taking Jesus’ words to heart. Or, maybe, we just recognize the genius in it.
“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Matthew 6:25-34 (NRSV, boldface mine)