How I learned not to worry about tomorrow

Originally published Tuesday, 18 August 2015.

There is a funny story about this post. I was sitting worrying about what to write on the blog tomorrow. I was thinking about how Xylon just arrived back from 2 weeks away, and how I wanted to spend time with him, and not write. Then I thought let me check my mail and I saw a mail from my friend Nelet with a guest post submission. Not any guest post submission but this one about not worrying about tomorrow. Felt like God was speaking write to me, saying, “See, you’re worth more than many sparrows. I will look after you. Here’s a devotional for tomorrow.” I hope it meets you right where you are just like it did me. 

{A guest post by Nelet Kok}

Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:31 (NKJV)

My mum regularly points out to me how sparrows always have food. 

Do the sparrows know where their food comes from? 

Do they worry about it?

I love the little brown bird. It’s ability to survive, without worrying what tomorrow might hold. 

I’m a freelancer. Two things you learn pretty quickly as a freelancer are: 

a) how to budget 

b) to try your best, even when you don’t feel like it, because you’re only as good as your last job. 

I have been employed steadily since October last year and after completing a 3 month contract in Cape Town at the end of April, I came home. 

I decided to take a week off just to relax and recuperate. 

It didn’t take long before my mornings started with a knot in my stomach. I need work: I need to pay bills, put fuel in my car and buy food. 

A two week job request came in.  I quietly said a thank you prayer – this would be enough for this month. 

24hours before the job was supposed to start, it was cancelled. 

I didn’t scream or shout. I climbed into bed and watched series, until I felt better. And I baked chocolate muffins, because – well, chocolate helps for everything. 

I didn’t know how long it would take for me to land my next job. I was looking, but it was winter and winter has always been quiet in the television industry. 

I lay in bed that night, praying. My heart was sore. I want to be successful. I want to be enough and I want to be good at my job. Being unemployed made me doubt my past jobs: was I good enough to get work again? I fell asleep. 

Somehow my worries took the backseat as I looked outside through the kitchen window the next morning – a bunch of sparrows were eating outside, happily chatting. 

If God looks after sparrows, He will look after me. {tweet this}

God knew me before I was born and He created me in his own image, He will look after me. 

Sometime later a friend called, she was going on maternity leave and was looking for stand-in for the time when she’ll be raising a little human. The Operations Manager called to confirm it with me.  

As I signed the papers a week later, my heart melted. God knew my fears, heard my prayers and provided for me. 


Like He always does. 

He will look after me. 

Ponder: What are you worrying about in your life that God can take care of? 

Prayer: Lord, thank you that you always look after me. 


About Nelet Kok: 

I'm a big dreamer with a big need for adventure, cool television content, and wanting to live a simple life. I love traveling to everywhere weird & wonderful.  I like politics, history, animals and people that take the road less traveled by. 

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