Ironically, as I reflect on today’s scriptures, I am attempting to juggle a multitude of ‘to do’s on my task list as I prepare to travel to my youngest daughter’s graduation from college. The meetings, reports and appointments overwhelm my calendar. Arrangements for our cat, mail and the paper need attention. Last minute plans need to be confirmed with people at our destination.
The ‘to do’ list is very real. But this frenzy of
planning and accomplishing is a far cry from what today’s
reading are prompting me to consider.
The psalmist calls us to the importance to, ‘taste and see how good our God is’…to take time to reverence our God. Taking (making) time to be in God’s presence and then…’to practice good, seek peace and pursue it’ is God’s desire for us.
In Matthew’s gospel, we are reminded to, ‘not to worry about your livelihood, what we are to eat or drink or use for clothing…God knows everything you need. Seek first God’s reign, and God’s justice, and all these things will be given to you besides.’
My gut reaction is, ‘uh-huh, but…’. Perhaps I do have a lot of ‘to do’s on my list that aren’t quite necessary or absolutely have to be accomplished now. But, there are certain tasks and duties that do need to be completed as a responsible campus minister, mother and friend. I know that what really is important is to trust that God will provide that I can finish these things in a reasonable fashion. However, the “I can do it” mentality is very strong…if I just push a little longer and harder, I can check off all those list things, and finally relax.
I think that perhaps today’s readings are suggesting a slightly
different approach. Where have I invited God into this frenzy? I
am excited with and for my daughter as she prepares to celebrate
her hard work and accomplishments. I’m looking forward to
our trip to be together with family and friends. However, if I continue
all of this with a ‘have to finish this, get that done, don’t
forget about..’ mentality, I may be too exhausted and hassled
to truly enjoy what the weekend promises.
Possibly, that is what is meant in Matthew’s words, “That
is why I tell you not to worry about your livelihood…God knows
everything you need..”
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