Wishing Away Today
Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself.
You have enough to worry about today. Matthew 6:34
Some days are harder than others are and I’d like to wish them away. . . . Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow,
like Annie sang in the popular musical by the same name. But she always ended the song with: you’re always a day away.
One Monday morning I arrived at the office—full of smiles, humming a little tune I’d heard on the radio, ready to tackle the week. I retrieved the messages from the answering machine and heard the familiar gruff voice of a retired pastor who sounded as if he had gotten up on the wrong side of the bed, demanding a callback immediately! As I dialed his number, my perky disposition began to wilt. By noon—in between answering the phone and signing off on deliveries—I had ripped paper out of every hiding place in the copy machine, had re-set the locked-out postage meter, and had found the server for one of my co-workers whose computer said, “Can’t find the server.”
After a quick lunch I sat down at my desk and sighed. The telephone jolted me back into action. “Suck it up and just answer the phone,” I told myself. A calming voice greeted me, “Hello, Linda. This is Steve (the bishop, who was also my boss). How’s your day going?” I forced a smile into my voice, “It’s going great,” I said, trying to convince myself. I transferred the call and took three deep breaths. My pulse returned to normal, and the challenges of the morning seemed trivial.
I thanked God for the encouraging voice that quieted my soul and put a smile back on my face.
Creator God, help me find a way to start over on a bad day, and to look for the good things happening around me,