Where has the time gone? It feels like a month ago I was an anxious, excited groom awaiting his bride to stride down the aisle to say our “I do’s”. It feels like a week ago that I was in the chaos of summer leading youth on all sorts of mission trips in all sorts of unusual places. It feels like just yesterday the city that I love, filled with people that I love, was sent into a spiraling world of heartache, pain, and suffering caused by an unexpected guest named Harvey. It feels like the world is spinning backwards at a pace too fast for anyone to keep up with. It feels like I am tired of feeling. It feels like I could use a nice long nap. But honestly, it really feels like I could use a little more time and a little more Jesus.
In these times of feeling so many different things, I like to reflect on my favorite verse from the Bible, Matthew 6:34. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” As I re-read these words and the verses before it that speak to the idea of “Do Not Worry” I find myself having many different thoughts. A) Has Jesus seen my calendar? B) How does a day worry about itself? C) Would Jesus word this differently if he knew how much homework the youth have nowadays? FUN YOUTH MINISTER FACT: When teaching this verse to youth, 95% of them like to use this as an excuse to not study for an upcoming test.* Most importantly however I get stuck on thought D) Man, today really does have enough “trouble of its own.” The world throws a lot at us in a day. It seems like it throws a lot at us every fifteen minutes or so.
Jesus calls us not to worry. He calls us to let go of the anxieties we harbor and be present in the moment that sits in front of us. He’s not asking us to be unprepared for the future tomorrows. As I like to remind 95% of the youth, they still must study for the test. Just like the youth, we as adults must prepare for the future days ahead. We would not be good at our jobs, be good parents, or even survive Houston traffic if we did not prepare ourselves. What Jesus is speaking into our lives is peace. He is reminding us to not let the worries and anxieties of tomorrow interfere with the path He has set before us today. So, I continue to walk the path reminding myself of the answers to the many thoughts I had before:
- Jesus has seen my calendar and he knows I’m busy.
- The “day” truly can worry about “itself.” Lord knows it doesn’t need me to worry about it.
- Homework was probably around in Jesus’s time and in a much more difficult language. So, no I don’t think Jesus would change his already perfect words.
- Today truly does have enough trouble of its own. I will continue to do the best I can with the moments in front of me and prepare myself for the tomorrows ahead of me. May I strive to let the anxieties and worries disappear, and recognize God’s presence and path that is set before me in the here and now.
*FUN YOUTH MINISTER FACTS are not accurately researched from reputable sources and are mainly made up by the youth minister.