It is so easy to get stuck on yesterday and become lost in tomorrow that we miss today. I am very guilty of this. I would often find myself flustered about a mistake I made yesterday (no matter how great or small) and then I’d simultaneously be stressing about the possibilities of tomorrow. That is why one of my goals is to grow in faith and stop worrying. When we dwell on yesterday and worry about tomorrow we bypass the joys of today.
The (Jan. 3rd) morning devotion in “Streams in the Desert” definitely blessed me. The perspective that the author, L. B. Cowman, brought to the constant focus of yesterday and tomorrow really resonated with me.
“There are two golden days in the week, upon which, and about which, I never worry– two carefree days, kept sacredly free from fear and apprehension.
One of these days is Yesterday…I have nothing to do with Yesterday. It WAS mine! It IS God’s! And the other day that I do not worry about is Tomorrow; Tomorrow…is as far beyond my mastery as its dead sister, Yesterday. It is a day of God’s. Its sun will rise in roseate splendor or behind a mask of weeping clouds– BUT IT WILL RISE.” – L. B. Cowman
These quotes are so powerful and true. Our Heavenly Father has not only numbered each of our days but has gone before us to prepare them before our arrival. We don’t experience a single day that hasn’t come across Him. And since we know that our Lord works all things for our good and has plans to prosper us, we can trust that whatever He allows us to face in tomorrow, He is already there waiting for us, has already orchestrated it into His plan and is working it for our good. It will be used to build us, cleanse us, purge us, prepare us for whatever else lies ahead. We don’t have to fret or be concerned with tomorrow. All we have to do is enjoy the present while resting in His Presence…and when it’s time, He will carry us over into tomorrow. We need not move past God to enter tomorrow before He ushers us to.
“The Lord your God Who goes before you will fight for you, just as you saw Him do for you in Egypt.”
Deuteronomy 1:30 HCSB
“The Lord is the One Who will go before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.””
Deuteronomy 31:8 HCSB
““I will go before you and level the uneven places; I will shatter the bronze doors and cut the iron bars in two.”
Isaiah 45:2 HCSB
“Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Matthew 6:34 HCSB