Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
A deadline was quickly approaching, so I set aside today to complete the task. A couple of more pressing circumstances intervened taking center stage. My muscles tightened and my countenance fell as my stress level rose. How am I going to finish now? I wondered.
Jesus left us instructions to not worry about tomorrow but to focus on today. Today would be full of plenty of things requiring my attention. It definitely was. I tried to live in the moment but as my to do list increased, so did my anxiety.
I took a deep breath and prayed that God would work everything out so I could still reach my deadline. Philippians 4:6 reminds us, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. I’m pretty sure I forgot the thanksgiving part, but God gave me His peace anyway.
God placed a precious soul in my path at the university campus where I had gone to straighten something out. Although unfamiliar with the campus, I knew enough to help her to her destination.
Leaving the campus, I stopped at a store. Still aware of the looming deadline, I had no intention of dawdling. I headed across the parking lot only to be interrupted once again. A sweet older woman could not find the store she was looking for. I gave her directions and talked with her for a few minutes.
God broke into my plans allowing me sweet interactions with His people. Not only would I help others, but others blessed me by helping me accomplish my tasks at both the university and the store.
I wasn’t thankful at the time for my messed up plans, but I am now. I would have missed some wonderful blessings had I stayed at home. And I think I’ll make that deadline after all.
Lord, override my plans with yours anytime.