The Peace of Now

spinning-platesI was asked “what are you going to do about . . . ” recently. The question went on to presume problems in the future based on data regarding the present. Those facts requested a strategy to offset the impact of the imagination.

It was a bit of a loaded question framed with expectations and built on the premise that something needed to be done. The problem was, I simply didn’t have a comprehensive solution to “do.”

I knew what 1) I was doing and 2) I had done. Beyond that, my vision for how I was going to handle the possibilities of problems that were anticipated in the question was limited. That’s OK, though, and I stopped short of trying to meet the concern of the question by generating any solutions to the potential problems.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34.

I don’t know. I don’t know how everything is about to happen and I’m not intended to. Even when the Lord gives us prophetic insight, it’s not for the purposes of us running ahead of Him to solve stuff. It’s for comfort in His presence as we go to the new places. His presence protects us but only in the present.

For most of us, especially in a place such as the United States, if we’ll reduce the scope of our wants to immediate needs, we’ll realize that we are already taken care of. Our perspective of what absolutely needs to happen to make it through today tends to drift into what we want for tomorrow. Drifting thoughts invite anxiety. Thanksgiving for the supply of our immediate needs brings peace.

You (or I) simply can’t control the outcome. Control is an illusion. No matter how tightly we squeeze, the application of enough variables that originate beyond our initiation will eventually frustrate our intentions. Relax, because you aren’t in control anyway and that’s a good thing.

What am I going to about “x?” Ask and trust. Hear and obey. Walk and relate. I will trust God. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be times of doubt, but I’ll yield my fear to His love and perfect love casts out fear. The only fear that can remain is the fear of the Lord; the trembling that comes at the realization of His presence. From that fear begins all wisdom and from that wisdom I’ll know exactly what to do when it’s time to do.

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