It is not a secret. I try to do too much. One more thing, and one more thing, and, well, it is just one more little thing, right? And soon, what was a joy becomes burden, what once brought relief becomes a source of heartache.
One after another, the drips in the cup flow over the edge, spill across the table, and onto the floor. Too much.
But there is so much to change. There is no time to waste, right?
And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. –Deuteronomy 8:2-3 (NKJV)
Daily, He provided the manna. And daily, He provides me with direction as to where I should put my focus….if I will listen.
Yet in Your manifold mercies You did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of the cloud did not depart from them by day, to lead them on the road; nor the pillar of fire by night, to show them light, and the way they should go. You also gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, and did not withhold Your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst. –Nehemiah 9:19-20 (NKJV)
He is never short on provision–never.
And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. This is the thing which the Lord commanded: ‘Let every man gather it according to each one’s need…Then the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less. So when they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according to each one’s need. –Exodus 16:15-18 (NKJV)
What I have to do for today is enough. I need not add more. For when it is measured, I will have no more and no less than exactly what I need. Like manna from heaven, the Lord provides tasks for today and hope for tomorrow.
Today may be for cleaning the kitchen, and like it or not, vacuuming may not come until next week. Today might be for work, while tomorrow is for rest. Today’s provision–of nourishment for mind, soul, body, and spirit–is exactly enough for today.
I can do no more. And my God expects me to do no less.
What I have for today is enough…for today. What He has for me tomorrow, I will not know…until tomorrow.
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