Take No Thought For Tomorrow
I awoke today to 2.5 inches of snow. Just like they said.
There is something deadening about foreknowledge. I can’t remember the last time I was surprised by a snowstorm. We are mostly surprised, I think, when the weather hypers get it wrong, when the ‘bomb cyclone’ or ‘polar vortex’ fizzles. But either way, we are in thrall to the prophets. We wake up to see if what they predicted comes true, or not. We don’t just wake up . . . to see.
Many of us feel this way about pollsters, the social soothsayers who can tell us what will happen before we vote. Others feel this way about genetic testing, the medical mediums who can tell us what illness or conditions we will develop someday, while we are, today, just fine.
How can we approach each day, each moment with curiosity and wonder? When tomorrow is increasingly dictated today, how can we “take no thought for tomorrow,” as Jesus teaches?
For those who seek to live in Jesus’ now, I think we have to decide what we will and won’t know. For each person, that decision will be different. But we can choose to tune out the prognosticators, to remember that their predictions are often wrong, and to live as if today has ideas of its own. After all, today doesn’t necessarily care about weather forecasts or polls or genetic indicators or market predictions or where AI is heading. Today just offers itself to us in a thousand immediate moments and waits to see if she has any takers.