One day at a time
How many people will, in their lifetime, have a specific event in the future that causes them to stress? And then what kind of stress is it—the stress which makes that person be filled with euphoria, or the kind which the individual loathes and is more of an inconvenience? Of course, there is the possibility of that specific event not being a stressful thought at all; however if we are honest with ourselves, most of the time thinking about future events creates a certain level of stress.
The human mind can start to sweat bullets trying to figure out the unknown. It may start with a simple thought, yet after a few short minutes, one can end up 50 feet ahead of their original thought. The mind: powerful, yet vulnerable. Power comes from knowledge—the more knowledge one attains, the better their understanding of the world becomes. The vulnerability comes in when the human brain cannot get an answer.
In Christianity, the book of Matthew speaks of how God gives us what we need, despite the unknown: Jesus uses birds to demonstrate how God feeds them in the midst of their ignorance about when food will come again (Matt. 6:26-34). I would like to say firsthand that my mind gets ahead of itself in worrying about the mystery of the future. I have to train my brain to hit the brakes if I find myself in that rabbit hole, and I notice how much more at ease my soul becomes whenever those brakes are put on. Do yourself a favor: rest in the present and allow God to take the lead. It is not worth stressing about the things humanity has no control over. God has full reins on it—thus, does it not make sense to give it into the hands of the One who does have the knowledge? Talk about knowledge equating to power!