It seems like I’ve been saying a lot lately, “This too shall pass.” (…when my teenage daughter is dealing with a broken heart or middle school drama; as I scurry around trying to find the best Christmas gifts and dealing with holiday traffic; when I am stressed out with work deadlines.)
Life can be weighty at times. So, when we hear the words “this too shall pass,” we are filled with hope for better days ahead. At the same time, I am cognizant those times which cause me the most stress are often filled with little treasures I am sure to miss when the time actually has passed.
What parent doesn’t look back and wonder why their children had to grow up so fast? Yes, those teen years are tough, but how we miss them when our offspring leave the nest. And how many special moments would be missed during the holidays if we didn’t bother to celebrate and stayed home instead? Even work, difficult as it may be at times, has its joyous moments. It gives us a way to use our time and talents and provides a sense of purpose, something that those without jobs are often seeking.
Jesus has an answer for this, which is to live one day at a time. All we have is today—and yes, it will pass! When we live in today, we can let go of the past and not worry about the future. And when we stay focused on Him, we can find peace and joy for the day, no matter what we are going through.
You may be struggling, but nothing is too hard for Him! And perhaps too, while focusing on Him, you will discover more of the silver lining hidden among the clouds and remember another phrase: God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good!
“Cast all of your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you.” –1 Peter 5:7
“Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” –Matthew 6:34