I woke this morning with a list on my brain, things I need to do to get ready to leave for the cottage tomorrow. On top of the list, lay some worries – a suffering friend, bills to pay – and responsibilities – a chapter to write, devotionals due. I pondered these over cereal and coffee . . . then my husband said, “I’m calling Terrence to ask if he wants to come for a morning swim with his papa.” Wet towels . . . ugh, as if there isn’t enough laundry? Who wants to swim? I’m busy wondering how I’m going to get eveything done today.
Mmm, maybe a swim is what I need. In minutes, our daughter, her husband and two grandchildren were in the pool with us. Two year-old Matilda jumped in without her water wings and kept her mouth shut . . . lookit me Daddy, I swimming. We raced from side to side, splashed and talked about the amazing lightning storm last night. Wow! That’s the best light show I’ve seen in years.
We trooped through the kitchen wrapped in wet towels, flipped a few pancakes, cut up cantelope and nectarines. Yum. Out came the markers and coloring books. Tension in my shoulders eased.
Our swim party didn’t last long but for me it was another decision to live today and let tomorrow worry about itself. Not that I plan to foolishly ignore my responsibilities but I’m trying to approach them from a different direction. A mindset that rolls my worries onto God ‘s big shoulders. . . that’s my aim. Choosing to swim with my grandchildren rather than hustle around with worry lines creasing my forehead, was good for me.
My goal is to live the simple life Jesus advocated – 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. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. (Matt. 6:34)
Choose today and leave tomorrow in God’s care because one today is worth two tomorrows.