The other day I was in the shower, where I do my best thinking, probably because it's kid-free and somewhat quiet, and the lyric from a beloved hymn, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, came to mind.
"Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow...."
You see, I had been thinking a lot about fear and anxiety. I have had some hectic and crazy days and have spent my fair share worrying about how to get all that I need to do in the next several weeks.
I was not alone in my worrying...I had also spoken with two kindreds who were also walking through similar things. All of us super planners, the fear of the unknown and unplannable was almost paralyzing.
As I thought about that line, I realized that what I had been wanting was strength for tomorrow and next week and next month.
But as the song so eloquently says, the strength is not in tomorrow, it's in today.
Yes, there is bright hope for tomorrow because my faith is in my great and faithful God. But there is no strength in tomorrow.
Because I live in today.
Here and now. In this second. This is where the strength lies because He is giving it to me in real time. I can't have strength for something I don't have any concrete knowledge about and I never will.
But the reality of this crazy life proves yet another truth from this beautiful song,
"all I have needed, His hand has provided."
All I have needed...be it strength or be it hope. He's the only One I need.