“Until I Reach It”

abe1One very rainy spring, Abraham Lincoln was traveling to a meeting with a group of men. They had crossed many small streams where the water was high and rushing fast. After a long day of nearly being washed away, they came to a lodge where they spent the night. As they sat around the fire talking, someone mentioned that they would reach Fox River the next day and that it would be nearly impossible to cross.

“And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest?” —Luke 12:25-26

During their discussion, they noticed a Methodist preacher sitting nearby who traveled the territory often. One of Lincoln’s group asked, “Preacher, you’ve been listening to us talk. Do you have any special way of getting across Fox River? Any thoughts that might help us?”

river crossingHe answered, “I know it is mighty hard to get across sometimes, but I have solved the problem with just one rule.”

“Then what’s your secret? Is there a special place to cross?” they asked.

“No. I cross where everyone else does in the way everyone else does. My rule is simply this—I have learned never to cross Fox River until I reach it.”

An old saying goes, “Worry is taking responsibility for something God never intended for you to.”

What is the one thing in your life that you are dreading the most right now? What are you worrying about today? Take a moment and ask God to help you deal with the problem and give Him your worry. Trust Him to take care of you.

COMFORTER, I can waste so much time worrying about things that never happen. Remind me to trust You when I am tempted to take responsibility for something I shouldn’t.

A daily devotion fromstrength for service

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