Some people use the expression “one day at a time.” Although I did google it, I wasn’t able to determine who coined this phrase, but I believe I know Who established it as the best way to live with peace in our hearts.
When the Israelites were in the wilderness, God gave them a daily portion of manna (this was the food God sent for them every morning). And the Bible says in Lamentations 3:22-23 that His compassion is renewed every morning:
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.”
I am very grateful that, not only is God compassionate toward me, but His compassion is also NEW every single morning! What a relief! Especially because my heart continues to invent NEW ways of being rotten. But, take notice, that like the manna, this is, again, a daily provision.
Jesus also taught this “one day at a time” approach. He said not to worry about tomorrow because “tomorrow will worry about itself and each day has enough trouble of it’s own.” (Matthew 6:34)
Of course, it is necessary to make practical plans beyond the given day in order to function responsibly within our jobs and other obligations. It’s also good and fun to make plans for leisurely activities.
I have a disease that currently has no cure. Each morning when I wake, I pray for a portion of strength for that day. I ask Jesus to be there when my legs fail; to help me take a deep breath and continue to be the wife, mom and servant of Christ He has called me to be even if it’s from my living room couch. And He does. God provides the grace I need to stick it out just for “one more day.”
Outside of responsibilities or planned social activities, I have decided I will not look beyond each day. If I did, I’m almost sure I’d spiral downward. My friends, let me tell you, it is such sweet freedom! I’d be a lousy friend not to share what God has revealed to me through his Word and my experiences. I’ve adopted what I’m calling the “one more day” method. It goes like this:
Whatever difficult circumstances you find yourself in, try looking at them as “I only have to live this for one more day.” Then ask God for strength for that “one more day.” Everyday will be “one more day” but each day you will find yourself in the arms of the One who is able to shatter feelings of being overwhelmed and replace them with unspeakable joy.
I have discovered that these tension-filled overwhelming thoughts that envelop us when we think about the future – what will happen? how will this work out? – can be transformed into trust if I simply stop worrying about it and hand it over to the One who is able to do exceedingly more than we can ask, hope or imagine. He’s got it.
To God be the Glory. Journey with me.