All the “stuff” around me … good stuff… bad stuff… in between stuff… threatens to destroy, distract, and derail. Frustrations are high, and blessings are too. I see God in it all and yet find myself overwhelmed in just about every way.
So when she said those words, I knew the tears that had been hiding just slightly below the surface wouldn’t stay there much longer.
“And maybe that’s not something to deal with today.”
I don’t think either of us realized it at the time, how profound, how freeing, those words were. The flood of tears that followed was not even really connected to the conversation we were just having. They were were not because of grief or frustration or sadness or loss or realization of hard times ahead.
The tears came as I remembered grace.
And in that moment I remembered… I re-learned… the simple, but sometime hard lesson: “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Mt. 6:34)
In that moment, though weary, I was renewed. (Isa. 40:29-31)
In that moment, I trusted His care. (1 Peter 5:7)
In that moment, I gave back the burdens that he never asked me to carry today and let him lighten my load. (Mt 11:28-30)
And it’s all grace.