This week could have started off pretty badly for me.
It had been a rough weekend, but I was ready to begin the new week. Early on Monday morning, however, on my way to the gym, I heard this strange sound coming from the right side of my car. It wasn’t just the sound of my tires hydroplaning in the slightly flooded streets (remember that storm?). Something didn’t sound right, and it didn’t get better as I neared my destination.
I had an important decision to make: will I scrap my plans so that I can sit here and worry? Have you ever run into that decision?
Thankfully I went ahead and worked out. By the end of the workout I felt much better and was in the correct state of mind to deal with car issues. Imagine my surprise—and joy—when I walked back to my car and saw in the daylight something that looked like a large stick lodged under the car. I leaned down, yanked out the stick, and the problem was solved.
Stories don’t always have a happy ending like this. Sometimes we worry about scenarios that end up coming true. But it is pretty amazing how often they don’t end up coming true. Some have suggested that a huge proportion of the things we worry about never take place. My own life experience seems to back this up.
In some sense we live very complicated lives, but in another sense, our lives are amazingly simple. Most of the time, we know what God would want us to do with a block of time, more or less. The challenge is less about figuring out what to do and more about refusing to allow worry and other distractions to stop us from doing what we already know we should do.
Usually our worries don’t come true. But even if they do, if we take care of what God is asking us to do now, God has a way of working out the “then.”
— Beau Stanley