Fresh Hope – 26th October 2017

One gorgeous summer I went surfing during a beach day out with some friends. I was using my Dad’s surfboard. I tied the leg rope around my ankle at the shore and paddled my way out to where the surf was breaking. I waited on the water. A good-looking wave came and I paddled my hardest until I caught a sense of the wave carrying me. As I stood up, I quickly fell off and plunged into the sea, but the wave was still pulling the heavy surfboard along! Being a lightweight youth, I quickly sped through the water by my ankle. There was no way I could come up for air. The underwater drag was so strong and the mass of water overwhelming. It was scary. Somehow in that moment, I knew the only way to survive this was to ride it out under the water. To hold my breath, and know that the wave wouldn’t last forever, and the calm was inevitable. Of course I lived to tell in the tale!

We can also feel that underwater, gasping for air – type drag in our in day-to-day life. Overwhelmed and pulled by our worries, and just waiting for a break! Even the mundane expectations of life can collate, build and become an all-consuming wave. The temptation to worry about all the “What ifs” and unknowns of tomorrow is real.

In Matthew 6:34, Jesus says, ‘Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’

I love this scripture for three reasons:

1) God isn’t naïve to the fact that life has struggles that pull us under. He acknowledges them and tells us to let the wave of today’s troubles come and pass.

2) I love that Jesus frees us by commanding us to just be present and focus on today, despite our worries. He calls us to leave the future to Him. Focus on being present, using what you have today and being faithful with now! One step at a time, you will get where you need to.

3) God doesn’t want us to view tomorrow’s potential issues with today’s grace. Wait for the fresh grace and ability when you get to tomorrow! Of course you feel under-equipped for the circumstances of tomorrow, because you aren’t there yet and He has promised to give us all we need for today and will give us what we need for tomorrow, tomorrow. That isn’t a maybe, that is a promise!

Emma Montesi

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