Looking Ahead

If this is the day the Lord has made, what will it be like? Get up early enough in the morning so that you can pray and meditate. Look at the day ahead, asking yourself, “How would this day be different if Jesus were physically present with me?” What people will you see What projects will you work on ? What appointments do you have? What difficult situations will you be facing? What are you really looking forward to doing? Bring these, one by one, before the Lord, picturing Him Literally present with you.

Our prayers invite God to be more active in teh midst of ordinary things. We then go through our days with holy curiosity, looking for the signs of God’s presence. Invite Jesus to walk with you through your day. See Him alongside you in conversations, meetings, and activities. How will you interact with others in light of ideas for solving problems or how to process a difficult issue. You may have names of people come to mind that you have not through about for some time. It is a powerful blessing to call or write, saying, “you came to mind as I was praying this morning. I just want you to know I care.”

Surrender yourself and your plans to the Lord. This activity must be guided by the counsel of James: Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If if is the Lords will, we will live and do this or that’” (James 4:13-15).

Anxious people are three times miserable. They miss the best in life, anticipate the worst, and are especially nervous when things are just perking along. As Corrie ten Boom says, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” Looking ahead in this manner will help you to overcome worry by learning to focus on the presence of God in the thick of things.

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