“Mommy, I have a problem.” My Lily had come into my room to unburden her soul to me. “I don’t want to grow any more. If I keep growing, then I won’t want to play with Dolly.” Tears rolled down her precious cheeks as she thought about it. (Dolly is her favorite doll. She means the world to her, because she provided Lily comfort during her lengthy hospitalization a year and a half ago).
On the one hand, how refreshing! So often my kids have impatiently wanted to grow up faster than nature allows. If Lily wants to savor her childhood joys, that does my heart a lot of good. On the other hand, my poor little girl! Talk about borrowing trouble.
Thinking about it, I realized that her dilemma was a perfect picture of the lot of us. We are Daddy God’s little ones. Perfectly cared for, somehow we nonetheless end up trying to carry around on our shoulders the weight of the world, worrying about the future.
I know that when the time comes when Lily no longer finds playing with dolls enjoyable, she will find other fulfilling pastimes to replace it. In her moment of angst, however, she could not see that. All she could see was a troubling picture of the days ahead… void of what she views as one of the world’s best treasures. The future without Dolly’s company just looked so dismal!
Don’t we do the same? We imagine the future without what we consider some vital commodity in it – whether it be love, a spouse, sufficient finances, our health, etc. Jesus lovingly responded to this tendency of ours with these words: “So don’t ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt. 6:34, GW).
I reassured Lily that she could keep Dolly forever. We envisioned together that maybe she would give Dolly to her own daughter one day. After a few minutes of comforting words and hugs from her mama, Lily skipped out of the room cheerfully with a perspective shift.
That’s all we need too, isn’t it? For our Daddy to speak His comfort and reassurance to our hearts? He’s ready to do just that. So let’s snuggle in and listen:
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matt. 6:25-27, ESV).
How does “giving no thought for the ‘morrow” go together with wise planning for the future? How do we find that balance?