“You ought to say, ‘If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:15)
“Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34)
We’ve started making backup plans for worship leadership should someone need to quarantine for 10 days. Soon I suspect we’ll need backup plans for those backup plans. The provisional “if the Lord wishes” is becoming habitual; Lord willin’ and the test is negative. Lord willin’ and I don’t develop symptoms. Thinking beyond today in 10-day possibilities makes such a sentiment eminently practical.
And that’s enough for today. The next two weeks have been imported into today’s troubles for all of our planning with our work and our kids and our leisure. I know people planning a trip to Portugal in February, and the whole thing was conceived as mere potential; it seems just as likely as not that it won’t come off. Yet they don’t seem worried. They’re playing with house money if they actually make the trip.
I wonder is taking stock of today in light of the next two weeks is a mental habit that will stay with us to our benefit.