Sufficient For The Day

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. “  Matthew 6:34 (NKJV)

The Troubles Tree

The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stoney silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. After opening the door, he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.

Afterward, he walked me to my car. We passed the tree, and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier. “Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing for sure, troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning, I pick them up again.”

“Funny thing is,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick them up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”

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4 thoughts on “Sufficient For The Day

  1. I remember someone told me about a dream a long time ago. A man was carrying around several sacks of garbage for some reason, pretty much everywhere he went, and really had his hands full. He went to a subway station, and as he was about to board the train, the doors opened. There stood the Lord. He said, “Let Me take that stuff.” The man obediently handed all the garbage over to Him, the doors closed, and he was suddenly free.

    • That is one I am going to have to remember. I am unfortunately carrying around way too many sacks of garbage that I should have handed over to Him long ago. Thank you for sharing this.

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