We struggle for stillness-those moments in time where we aren’t busy scrolling through the feeds on our smartphones. Do we dare risk a moment of boredom? What would the neighbors think if they knew we didn’t fill absolutely every ticking second of every day with activity? Would they mourn our unproductivity? Would they scold us for wasting time being still? Or would they envy us for our gall to sit in momentary silence, still and quiet, only listening?
It’s hard to be still in our angst-fueled world. A contensious election mixed with the promising news of a potential COVID vaccine leaves us fretting about the future. We worry about tomorrow. We try to rewrite yesterday. We miss the beauty of today.
25 “This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing?
26 “Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they? 27 So, which one of you by worrying could add anything to your life?
28 “And why would you worry about your clothing? Look at all the beautiful flowers of the field. They don’t work or toil, 29 and yet not even Solomon in all his splendor was robed in beauty more than one of these! 30 So if God has clothed the meadow with hay, which is here for such a short time and then dried up and burned, won’t he provide for you the clothes you need—even though you live with such little faith?
31 “So then, forsake your worries! Why would you say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For that is what the unbelievers chase after. Doesn’t your heavenly Father already know the things your bodies require?
33 “So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. 34 Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.”
Matthew 6:25-34 (The Passion Translation)
I know that some people are relieved by the results of the election. Others are frustrated and disappointed. But we don’t need to be afraid or dismayed, although things may appear bleak. God is near. He has not forsaken us or forgotten us. No doubt, challenges lay ahead of us.
True unity happens if we are willing to accept one another for our differences and agree to work together. Unity doesn’t demand that you leave your principles at the door and adopt mine. No. That’s not unity at all. Tolerance demands acceptance. It doesn’t force unwanted change. We are different. We are diverse. In His wisdom, God made us unique.
I pray that we will grow closer together as a nation. We certainly can’t afford to be further apart. But, that requires our willingness to meet in the middle and start on shared common ground. And that common ground appears harder to find than ever before in our history. Yet, I will fight the urge to worry. I will find a way to rest in the stillness and trust God can yield beautiful results from the most difficult circumstances. Heck, I know He can. He’s done it in my life. That’s what recovery is all about: God making something good out of the mess I made.
Thanks for reading my post. May the Lord bless you and keep you and shine His favor on you and those you love.
The Devotional Guy™
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