Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matt. 11: 28 Jesus wants to be in our life journey everyday.
So my morning continued and after school drop off, a PTO meeting at the school, naps and a shower, I put on Kung Fu Panda for my son to watch for a bit. Folding laundry I heard the Kung Fu Master teaching his new subject about life. And he said, "Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called present." I heard that message and thought what a beautiful saying. Today, every moment of the day, every interaction, every experience is a gift, a present for us to take hold of and embrace and do our absolute best with the circumstances around it. How different a day can seem when we look at it as a gift.
So now here I am, sitting down for a brief moment to blog about this message and I thought to myself, how ironic would it be if I opened my YouVersion Bible App and the verse of the day coincided with this theme. And here is that verse...
"So don't worry about tomorrow. For tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today." Matt. 6: 34 And if you don't believe me, open your Bible App to see for yourself.
How cool! God works and speaks to us AS LONG AS WE ARE LISTENING. He is all around us. Even in a DreamWorks movie. Somedays the weight of the world feels like its falling on my shoulders and I can't even seem to take the first step to get out from under it. This usually happens when I'm thinking about my life commitments 5-6 months out, clearly way overthinking and preparing.
There is a time for planning ahead, for preparedness, for thinking about future events and commitments that need your attention way before their occurrence. And I have found the remedy to keeping my "worry", as the scripture identifies most of us feel, limited as I do this type of planning. It all comes back to my state of heart and mind. My heart and mind work best together when they are at peace and have been refreshed by time spent with the Lord. I am not a yoga enthusiast, but I know they use the expression, to Center Yourself. Spending time with God is what centers me. Focusing on how He sees me and His instruction for my life is what I need to keep myself grounded and centered and able to embrace the GIFT that each day is. Looking forward to the future and the MYSTERY that it holds gives me excitement when I do need to plan ahead.
My earlier scripture from Matthew 11 continues through verse 30 saying, "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Living with Jesus in your heart is meant to simplify your life, to ease the weight of the burdens of this world. Jesus desires to teach us and guide us and he promises that His teaching will be gentle. To me that encompasses the beauty of His message of grace and why I have never doubted following Jesus and embracing His teaching for me.
Remain in Christ,