January 12, 2019
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”.
From Our “Here”…
Canadian Willie O’Ree, the first black player in the National Hockey League, entered the NHL as a winger for the Boston Bruins in January 1958. In retirement, he has served as director of youth development for the NHL’s diversity program and is a respected elder statesman in the league.
More than a decade after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, O’Ree still faced severe prejudice, at times violent — even by hockey standards. In Chicago, an opposing team member once used the blunt end of his hockey stick to knock out two of O’Ree’s teeth.
O’Ree went through a devastating personal valley during his early days playing professional hockey in Canada after a player accidentally sent a puck into his right eye, blinding that eye. At first O’Ree thought he might never play hockey again. Certainly, his doctors thought so. He overcame that challenge with a simple philosophy — instead of worrying about what he couldn’t see, he concentrated on what he could see.
That idea is a little gem to carry with you into any arena of life. It echoes some truths Jesus taught.
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Jesus asked. “Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” (Luke 12:25,26).
In His reference to worry, Jesus alluded to all those yet-to-maybe-take-place negatives we tend to fret about. Jesus, like O’Ree, is telling us not to worry about what we can’t see. Instead, He invites us to live in each moment God gives to us. To live fully, and faith-fully, confident that God can take care of us.
…To God’s “There”
That kind of faith in God allows believers to step forward into the unknown geographically and culturally when called to foreign fields. As early as their initial months of fund-raising, missionaries grapple with unseen possibilities. How will they raise the needed budget to support themselves in countries where the cost of living can be much higher than at home? How will missionary parents educate and provide medical care for children where schools and doctors are scarce or nonexistent? What about visas to be renewed, housing to be found and rented, relationships to be built, or needed precautions for personal safety that must be taken?
Nothing good is accomplished by worrying over what you cannot see. The miraculous takes shape as faith supersedes the limitations of physical sight and each day becomes a moment-by-moment journey of trusting the God who has called you in the first place.
Making the Leap
If you believe God is moving you toward a new chapter of service to Him, take the very first step you can see. Then trust Him to direct you toward each step that must follow.