Lesson Learned

Today was an interesting day – to say the least.  June happens to be the month that our van has to been inspected.  I was dreading this moment and put it off and put it off.  Yes, in some things I am a procrastinator.  One of the reasons, I procrastinated was because I was sure that we would need not only new tires, but brakes.  The last time we put tires on our van, they were expensive.  It seems everything is expensive for this van.  Being that the end of the month was coming in a hurry – it ends tomorrow – that was the first thing on the agenda following a morning walk.

There is very little need to say that I was stressed.  There were several in line for inspections because in Virginia, the auto car care places are not allowed to schedule appointments.  After about an hour, the mechanic came back and said we were finished.  I asked if it passed and he said, “Yes,” at first and then double-checked. No it didn’t pass, but the brakes were fine but the tires would need to be replaced along with the license plate lights.  They didn’t have tires in stock, so I checked a couple of places and finally found a place that would give me a great deal.  I was a little less stressed until I checked our bank account and found out that for some reason our deposit from yesterday didn’t show.  I called the bank, but they didn’t offer me an adequate explanation.  So we headed down to the bank.  After a little bit of detective work, we found out the check had been deposited in one of our daughter’s accounts instead of ours.  At this point, God was reminding me to count my blessings instead of worry.

While we did get a great deal on the tires, the tire place was a little out of the way, but more than paid for itself because the price was so good.  I actually drove right past the place and at the bottom of the hill found a short little cul-de-sac to turn around – my third blessing.  God really wanted to remind me that he was in control and that I didn’t need to worry.

The lesson learned is that God had it all under control in the first place – there was no need to worry.  As I began to think about that, the Lord reminded me of one of the scriptures that will be in this week’s sermon – So I got an early sermon this week. So here what the Lord taught me:

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Matthew 6:25-33 (New Living Translation)

Turns out that I procrastinated and worried and made much to do about nothing.  The Lord worked out everything that I was stressed about.  What are you stressing about today – what can you give to Jesus – what burden can you lay down?

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