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The Gift of the Present


I heard someone on the radio say, ” you can’t change the past but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future” WOW that one went straight through, do not pass go, into my heart! So much of my life has been walked on a hard road. I have often times let worry get the best of me.

I had mentioned in a previous blog that the Lord has been doing quite a lot of heart refining in me lately. Often times I will get so afraid of the future with out my husband that I can not enjoy the fact that he is STILL HERE! How often have I let a day go by in unpleasant moods because I was worrying about tomorrow….

The Bible talks about worry A LOT! Have you ever wondered why the present is called the present? We also call a “gift” a “present” hmmmmm so did you ever think that the present is actually a gift? We are not promised tomorrow so there fore the present is given as a gift. Who doesn’t enjoy a gift? Well, anyone in there right mind should any way.

Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendorwas dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

The end of these verse talks on how tomorrow will worry about itself, and that each day has its own troubles. I Had to laugh at that and shake my head in shame. So much of our time we spend worrying about things that we don’t even have control over. I am sure the devil gets a big kick out of this one, oh us humans how we worry. Worry not only keeps our minds unsettled but it has some major health effects as well. Most people with digestion issues are…. yes major worriers! I am sure you can guess what some of my health issues are now!
It is all a work in progress though. I have had to remind my self countless times of the miracles God has done in our lives. I had a bit of a toddler tantrum with God one time about this very thing of the “future” things I felt the future held without my husband to be here and support us… Yes it sounds a bit absurd now that I would think my God couldn’t take care of us better than my husband. WE all have something that is a bit absurd that we worry about. Like the verse says above that he does promise to take care of us and always have. It was a pleasant reminder that no matter the outcome of this present cancer situation with my husband, we will be ok!

Philippians 4:6,7 ESV

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

This verse in Philippians is a comforting reminder that things can be peaceful in this difficult time in our lives. Even though my prayer has been to heal my husband, it has also been that his will be done. I Have to have faith and trust that no matter what happens we will be ok! GOD”S GOT THIS! I will see my husband again no matter when he or I leave this temporary home. In the meantime, I am learning to enjoy every moment we have together!

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