These are comforting words — a beautiful reminder to enjoy the very minute I’m in.
My husband headed out to a Super Bowl party yesterday afternoon so I had a few hours to myself.
There are so many things that I could have “done.” Being a productive, goal-oriented and active person, I could have jumped on the eliptical machine, finished writing notes on a book that I’ve been reading, cleaned the kitchen cupboard doors, vacuumed the mud and dirt that has been carried into the house on the bottom of numerous winter boots, wrote a blog or begun to worry about some medical tests coming up this week. (I’m not an anxious person per se but doctor appointments make me a bit nervous.)
I chose to be still.
I lay on the couch for a while and prayed.
I listened to some worship songs.
I prayed again —
To be clothed in Christ Jesus.
To be strengthened with power in my inner being.
For the Lord’s protection against the evil one.
To overflow with hope by the power of the holy Spirit.
That I would be not afraid.
That I would fix my eyes on the One who gives me peace.
That I would be filled with His joy.
Then I tuned into the Superbowl half-time show because I like watching Bruno Mars.
I phoned my husband who was chowing down on chicken wings at the Super Bowl party and then I headed to bed.
I lay in bed under the warmth of flannel sheets, listened to the wind, prayed more and fell asleep at quite an early hour.
It was a serene time. Unruffled. Hushed and settled.
These days, I’m learning about stillness — staying away from the beyond.
Today had enough troubles of its own.
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6.34