I have been learning lately the value of focusing on one day at a time... focusing on God's great love for me... and focusing on His sovereignty.
There is something within each of us, that wants to control our lives, isn't there? But it is a fruitless pursuit. It is a road filled with worry and anxiety. No matter how hard we try we are incredibly insufficient to plan our life out.
And to add a little note: I'm not necessarily saying we shouldn't plan or have dreams and goals, but that we should focus on today and eternity mostly and hold those dreams/plans for the future lightly. As Corrie Ten Boom aptly puts it: "Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open."
So here comes faith. God IS indeed in control. And that is good news... yet, I find there's a daily surrender I have to do to refocus my mind on His majesty and my dependence. Placing hopes and dreams on the Lover of my soul, who has planned life out.
So I'm learning to refocus on the truth. Trust in Him. Because fretting "only causes harm"... (Psalm 37:8b).
And what does the Bible tell us to do instead?
Let's look here:
"Trust in the , and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the ,
and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the ;
trust in Him, and He will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.
Be still before the and wait patiently for Him..."
There's so much direction packed into those verses, isn't there?
His mercies are new for each day. They're happening right now. They're not for tomorrow yet...
Our loving Father holds our lives in His hand. Nothing can stop His sovereign plans!
Take heart with me, and let's delight in our God and His mercies for today! =) =)