It is amazing the things I take for granted in America. We just naturally assume we will have electricity all the time. Just recently several of our friends were without power in Oklahoma due to the ice storms. We know some people who were without power for 8 days. Now that is extreme, but imagine if you did not have power for 5 hours of the day and you are living like the average Albanian.
BUT… and I hesitate to write this down at all for fear of jinxing it… we have had 24 hours of electricity for the last month. In my small and relatively insignificant opinion, it has been a little slice of heaven in our otherwise basic existence here in Albania! I am waiting for the moments when it will go out again. Some times just the waiting will stress you out… will it be today? It is intersting to me the mental strength it takes to keep up with the what ifs.
So there are these few verses in Matthew that apply to me today!
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 important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look 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? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[b]? 28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If 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, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I also love this quite by Elisabeth Elliot….
“Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now.”
Lord, help me not to strain my spiritual eyes, but simply see what is required of me now.