Transforming lives on four continents

This is the day that the Lord has made

Posted by Kathryn Smith at 13:14 on 12th July 2017

 

Amongst all the advice I was given as I was preparing for mission, the one piece that was probably said to me the most was to ‘take each day as it comes and not to think too far ahead’. However, as someone who is a planner this has been a particularly tricky one for me to follow. I very easily find myself thinking and usually worrying about what is next-‘what will I learning in class tomorrow?’, ‘what will I do this weekend?’ ‘how will I find the next language module?’, ‘when will I move to Chang Mai?’, ‘how long will I be in Thailand for?’-you get the idea. These thoughts at times can be all consuming and distract me from what I should be currently focusing on.

 

I can see the wisdom in this advice, when you have moved to a new country and away from the familiar, just getting through each day can seem overwhelming let alone thinking about the future.  In Matthew chapter 6 v25-34 Jesus tells us not to be anxious and focus only on the day we are in. In these verses, Jesus tells us to look at the birds in the sky and see that they are provided for. And how we are much more valuable to Him than the birds. At the end of these verses He reminds us not to worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will take care of itself.

 

With our minds so focused worrying about how situations will turn out, we forget to rejoice in what God has created for us. The psalmist in Psalm 118v 24 ‘This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it’. This is a brand new day with new mercies and new opportunities know His love and provision and to share that with those around us.  

 

Paul in Philippians 4v6 tells us ‘Not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God’. While giving our cares to God we should remain thankful to Him. I have been in Thailand now for just over 2 months and already I have a long list in the way God has provided for me. He has provided a fully furnished flat, relationships are developing with other students in the language school and in the local church, I am progressing (slowly) with learning Thai and I have remained healthy, to name a few examples.

 

It’s not been easy to keep my focus on the day that I am in and not be worried about will happen in the future, but then I remember a quote by Corrie Ten Boom to ‘never be afraid to trust an unknown future to an all-knowing God’.  He has lead me to Thailand and provided for me so far and He will continue to do so.  

 

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