Worked Up About What May Happen Tomorrow And How My Illness Affects It

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)

Sometimes I think about the words spoken to me over 25 years ago. One of the medical specialists said that I’d be lucky to be able to work for 10 years. Even though it’s been some time now since I worked full-time, I did for more than 10 years and since then I’ve been blessed by jobs enabling me to work shorter hours, particularly over the last four years.

So I reckon that specialist was wrong–or maybe he didn’t know how stubborn I’d be, or the desperation of wondering how I support myself if I don’t work, that’s driven me to keep on pushing through the difficulties and pain.

Just lately, I’d been feeling like it’s got harder and I wondering what other options I might have. I have a wonderful boss who has been so accommodating this last year or so, and I feel like it’s only because he has been so supportive, that I’ve managed to keep going.

Last week, he told me that things are going to change for him and it looks like my job will disappear–sometime in the next few months. I was shocked, though I guess there have been some signs that I didn’t take seriously enough; but while we talked about what I wanted to do, I wondered if this might be the time for me to stop pushing to do what I’ve felt up until now, I must do.

The above verse reminds us that we are not supposed to worry and I love the way “The Message” puts it.

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. . . ” (Matthew 6:34)

It’s been hard to stop my mind from worrying about what I should do; what I can do; how will this work out; and what next?

What I should do? Don’t worry. Remember that I can always depend on God. His guidance, His understanding and support, His provision and His presence.

What I can do? Pray and ask others to pray. Look for the windows that may open as doors close for me. Be open to different opportunities.

How will this work out?I don’t know, but I do know that God has provided for me in sometimes very unexpected ways, many times before.

What next? I’m not sure and it may be some time before I have an answer to that. It might even involve taking some risks and letting go of some things that have given me security in the past. God knows what will happen and where I’ll be next month, next year, or whenever. I just need to trust in His plan for my life.

Prayer: Father, I have been blessed to do so much more than I believed I would be able to and I recognise that is only with Your help. Thank You so much. Help me to continue to trust the future to You. Amen.

About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He is teaching her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.

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What have you been worked up about lately that you need to trust God to work out? How do you best remind yourself of that, when you worry?

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