December 7, 2016 - Randle Lee

"So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today." - Matthew 6:34 NRSV

In Matthew Chapter 6 we are told not to worry about tomorrow.  But it is virtually impossible for many of us to accomplish this rather simple request.  We really don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but we can’t seem to stop thinking and worrying about tomorrow and live in the moment.

There was a young man - yes it is me and I was young at one time - who LOVED baseball and was pretty good at being a catcher.  So good I was offered a scholarship to play in college.  Got a little better and was offered a tryout for the Chicago Cubs.  I knew I probably wasn’t going to make the team as I saw my competition on day one.  You know, that was about the only time in my life I didn’t worry.  I kind of knew the end result so I was able to just enjoy the time I was going to spend living out a dream.

Sure enough, on about the third day I was asked to run from home base to first base so they could time me.  I had proven I had a pretty good arm and was a pretty decent hitter, but I knew my biggest weakness was I was blessed with no speed.  So, they yelled go and I began my run to first.  About halfway to first base, I saw the coaches leave and bring back sandwiches for lunch and they were finishing their dessert as I finally got to first base.  Later on, I had a Coach come up to me at my locker and ask, “Son, you do have a current flight schedule, don’t you?”  This, of course, meant I wasn’t going to be around any longer.

Saying my goodbyes, I relished in my time spent following my dream.  The feeling I had during this time was so freeing.  Not worrying about what was going to happen because I already knew even if it was something that was not going to end well.  I was able to enjoy this time, look around, take in the sights, smells and feel of this very special time.  I have spent the rest of my life searching for this feeling again and failing so many times by letting worry creep in and jeopardize my freedom from worry.  I pray every day the Lord helps me conquer my worries and as we celebrate in Advent a celebration of new life.

Giver of Time, help us to see each moment as the precious and beautiful gift that it is. Amen.

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