For the last week or so, Steven and I have been packing and working on all the logistics for our move to a new apartment in Brooklyn. We have sensed for a while now that this was the right thing but, largely because of me, we’ve stayed put. Having moved a few times, in our almost 10 years of marriage, the sight of a U-Haul truck produces heart palpations. Besides that, I’ve been very happy in my place. But, I am ready now, and I can truly say in the same spirit that the Psalmist did, “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.” Who cares about an oversized apartment or a cute little backyard if Jesus is not there?
The upside to all of this is that I am filled with joy over the prospect of being close to our church. We will be close enough to walk to service and will be near the church family that we have come to love so much. Our testimony is that of Psalms 68:6. “God sets the lonely in families…” Almost out of nowhere, a couple of years ago, at a time of deep distress, God reached down from on high and took hold of us. He powerfully, yet ever so gently, set us on solid ground. He graciously blessed us with beautiful brothers and sisters, and spiritual mothers and fathers. Truly we have known the grace of God that flows down to us by way of the saints. We bless His Wonderful name for bringing us into this spacious place and placing our feet on the solid rock of His Word.
Two nights ago, while packing, a wave of emotions overcame me. My mind began to spin and I felt like I was drowning in a great big sea. Thoughts of our past, anxiety related to the present, and fears for the future all swirled about. But then I remembered the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” One day at a time; one box at a time.
God has been more than faithful to us. Hasn’t he been to you, too? Let us entrust ourselves entirely to the holy and divine providences of a loving and faithful God.
“I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the course of the year—to a great bundle of sticks, far too large for us to lift. But God does not require us to carry the whole bundle at once. He mercifully unties the bundle, and gives us first one stick, which we are to carry today; and then another, which we are to carry tomorrow, and so forth.
We can easily manage our troubles, if we would only carry the trouble appointed for each day. But the load will be too heavy for us—if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of tomorrow to the weight, before we are required to bear it.”