But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I am a cheerleader for four years in high school. Though most people in those days don't consider cheering to be a sport, it requires constant physical workouts and daily discipline on my part to keep my legs strong and supple enough to successfully execute the repeated Russian split jumps we have to do. And all that determined exercise pays off in the most unexpected of ways.
A new physical education teacher introduces our all-girl class to track and field. One of the first challenges she poses for us is the hurdles. I'm supposed to clear that??? I think as I regard my short legs dubiously. As I anxiously await my turn, the coach notices my apprehension. "It's not as hard as it looks, Martha," she reassures me. "Just focus on one hurdle at a time. You can do it."
One hurdle at a time.
Those are the exact words I hear from my husband, Danny, just the other day. He knows these are trying times for me what with my mother being in the hospital, my grown children needing assistance in one way or another, and the unexpected delays in the release of my next novel. He knows I'm stressed because I'm looking at the what-ifs down the road instead of tackling whatever problem is in the here and now.
And when Danny reminds me of Jesus' admonition in Matthew 6:34, I realize I've been centered on worry, not on the Lord as I should be. It's a humbling revelation to say the least.
So I think again about all those hurdles situated around the quarter-mile track and recall the words of my teacher: "Just focus on one hurdle at a time."
One hurdle at a time.
I take her advice, and you know what? I clear every last one of them!
And with Jesus' help, I'll continue to clear each and every hurdle life throws at me.
What hurdles are you facing today? Do you trust Jesus to guide you through?
Prayer: Father, help us to remember that worrying about the future robs us of our joy in the present. Let us cast every care upon You, knowing You will help us leap over every hurdle in this life. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.