While sitting in Mission BBQ awaiting my lip-smacking meal, I reflected on a quote prominently positioned on the wall in large letters which had caught my attention:
“If You Couldn’t Play Tomorrow, How Hard Would You Play Today?”
It reminded me, we are never promised tomorrow~ Today is all we can count on (and we really can’t count on a whole day, either). I’ve also heard you should live as if today is your last day. And I realized, if I’m not going to be around to play tomorrow, I want to give everything I have to this day, not holding anything back. I want to play hard! I want to use ALL my talents, making as much noise as I possibly can spreading the good news so my Heavenly Father will have every reason to say, “You gave it all you had! Well done! You have been a faithful servant! I am well-pleased!”
We don’t know the number of days that any of us have left. We don’t know what God has planned, but we can Cry Out! in Confidence because Jesus knows!
The following is taken from Cry Out! Challenge, Day 28, Revive Our Hearts Ministry—
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 4:15-16
I say this a lot. It’s like a reorienting exhale that pushes the anxious tension out of my body. A comforting embrace that tells me I’m seen with compassionate eyes. A heavenly whisper that I’m not walking this valley of death alone. A peaceful recognition that the One who can do something about my situation is more than aware of every detail, every complexity. “Jesus knows.” He sees. He loves. He doesn’t just watch us endure grief; He empathizes with our pain because His own heart has been crushed. He doesn’t just help us flee temptation; He’s withstood the enticement of the enemy Himself. He doesn’t just listen to our cries; He Himself cries to the Father on our behalf.
Jesus, Who is fully human and yet fully God, understands our experiences, our emotions, our longings, our fears, and our struggles on a deeper level than we ever could—and instead of stiff-arming us, keeping our messy humanity at a distance, He offers the most precious invitation: “Come into My presence.”
With confidence draw near to the throne of grace. With boldness, courage, and bravery, get raw and gut-level honest with Jesus. His intimate understanding of your life will wrap you in peace, and His compassion won’t ever reject you. He already sees it all—the strangling longings, the heart-stopping fears, the face-twisting anger, the sin that hounds you, the sorrow that’s cracked you, the situation that’s knocked you faithless.
Jesus knows. Jesus invites you. Cry out with confidence. Cry out boldly. His mercy and grace are waiting. Don’t hide the mess—tell Him everything. Don’t hold back—ask Him to do more than you could imagine. Don’t think your words have to be polished—He understands you always.
Jesus, you see this. I know you see me struggling. You see me aching. You see me grasping for something to “fix” my pain. You see these circumstances that are completely out of my control. You know every detail. You get it. You’re the Answer. And I believe You are already at work to help me. Drench me in Your grace. Be gentle to my heart. Protect me, defend me, go to battle for me. I trust You. You know it all, so I can rest.
- Tell Jesus the mess. Don’t filter. He already knows.
- Confidently ask Him to bring restoration and redemption into every messy corner of your life.