Every apprehensive feeling I could have – cold feet, trepidation, nerves, uncertainty, sadness – all formed a lump in my throat the size of a clementine. That was Tuesday.
I headed out the door with a jacket I hadn’t worn in weeks. As I reached in the front pocket to search for a tissue, I found a small note card with two verses printed on either side. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you’” (Jeremiah 29:11-12). And on the other side of the note card, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). That was Wednesday.
Standing outside, watching the kids swing and ride bikes, looking at the boxes stacked high in the garage, a friend pulled into the drive. She listened to me unload my fears, spoke to each of them, and then simply reminded me, “Don’t worry about it.” That was Thursday.
I sat down to check my email and found one from my husband waiting in my inbox. He had expressed some of my concerns to current seminarians and one of them responded, “Oh man, I know where you are coming from in describing your day. It won’t be your last one either. But… I can tell you, God can handle this…trust God. He’s got this.” That was Friday.
After a few hours out, I came home to find a message waiting for me on the answering machine. Another friend had called unexpectedly to say she had felt the Spirit prompting her to pray for me and to pray with me. I called her back and she prayed for me over the phone. That was today.
Matthew 6 says that “your Father knows what you need before you ask him,” He’s got this. Yesterday, today …and tomorrow.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow…” (Matthew 6:34)