Monday, May 13, 2013

Tomorrow is Another Day

I sat down this morning to do the Stressed-Less Living Bible Study with the intent to follow my usual pattern: Monday-Bible, Tuesday & Wednesday- Chapter, Thursday- Blog. God had other plans. Every time I did a new reading, a new idea would come into my mind and I would think to myself-Boy I need to write about that.

First I picked up the Bible to read the chapter in which the focus verse is located. Matthew chapter 6. I found myself in familiar territory. I had often heard the story of the origin of the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6: 9-13). I had often heard that God provides for even the birds in the field. (Matthew 6: 25-26) Then I got to the last verse in the chapter: Matthew 6:34 Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Hey! Wait a minute! Isn't that what Scarlett O'Hara said? This led me into an online search to find the exact words from the movie. (What can I say? I'm an English teacher. I expect citations and quotes to be accurate.)

In doing the search, I discovered that what Scarlett actually said was, "Tomorrow is another day." Regardless of the way it is worded, I think that Matthew 6:24 shows that God shares the same basic attitude. We should not worry about tomorrow, because it is going to come. It is going to be what it is going to be. It will have the same problems, pitfalls, and pains no matter how much we agonize and stress over it in our minds.

While searching for Scarlett's words, I came across another quote that I felt belonged right beside hers. Henry Ward Beecher said, "Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith." I prefer the handle of faith. I need to trust in God's greatness and his ability to provide. He can strengthen me to deal with whatever problems come my way. He can help provide the bridge that will get me over life's pits. He can comfort and soothe the pains and bruises that life inflicts. All I need to do is trust in him and pray to him to ask for his assistance.

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