"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
"Mom! Guess what?" The excited voice of my daughter, Sarah, is loud and clear on my cell phone.
"I have a job interview this Friday!"
"Oh, that's tremendous news, Sarah! I know you will do fine. I'll start praying now that you get the job."
"Thanks, Mom, but I'm worried."
"What if I don't answer the questions right? What if I don't meet the criteria? And, on top of that, I don't have anything decent to wear to the interview!"
"One step at a time, Sarah," I advise her. "Let me pick you up tomorrow and we'll go shopping for an outfit."
"Really? Oh, Mom, that would be such a help. But, what if we don't find anything?"
"We will, honey, even if we have to shop 'til we drop."
"But, what if . . .?"
"Sarah, please don't worry. Let's tackle one thing at a time. First, the clothing so you can look your best. Then, we can discuss any concerns you might have about the interview. Remember, I'm praying for you. You can pray for you, too. Turn it all over to God.
Isn't it too easy, to tempting for us, when faced with either trouble or opportunity, to worry? Yet, Jesus tells us to do just the opposite.
He knows we will have challenging times. Days when the unexpected happens. Anxiety when anticipating an ambitious or difficult change in our lives.
But, He promises to be there with us. Asks us to cast our cares on Him.
For, His yoke is easy and His burden is light. (Matthew 11:30)
He can carry our cares, our worries, our uncertainties.
All we need to do is to let go, and let Him.
Can you give your worries to the Lord today?
Will you pray with me?
It is so easy for us, Father, to cling to our worries and cares instead of turning them all over to You in prayer. Help us to handle the challenges of each day one step at a time. Let us be anxious for nothing, but in everything, give thank to You. Amen.
Psalms (70), 71 or 74
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12