The Black Hole in Black and White

by | Nov 4, 2023 | Anxiety, Fear

“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34 NLT)

When I was a little girl, I watched a movie on our old black and white TV. The story was about a little boy that rolled over in bed and fell into a hole and into another world. Hearing his screams, of course, the parents looked with all their might for their lost child, but they couldn’t get to him as they frantically reached their hands into the dark hole. He had gone into the future and could not be rescued by the desperate parents. For months I couldn’t sleep because I was afraid of rolling off my bed into the dark hole. I can’t even tell you how the story ended, probably because it was too scary for me to finish watching it. Surely, he was rescued from this terrible plight! 

Unfortunately, I find myself often reaching into the future, the dark hole of my imagination and fears. I may be enjoying a beautiful day with no problems or burdens in sight, but I find myself, without warning, searching deep into the pit of foreboding thoughts. My trembling hands reach for the “what ifs” of tomorrow. When I draw them back, they are covered in dread and fear instead of faith. 

I like a popular saying, “Worry about tomorrow sucks the joy out of today” and that is so true. Our God, knowing we are a worrying people, addresses this in many places of the Bible, even in Our Lord’s Prayer in Matthew’s gospel. In verse eleven, He says “Give us our daily bread”. I looked at many translations on this verse to get a clearer understanding of it. The Amplified Bible says instead of “daily bread”, He gives us “the essentials of life”. What a great promise! The Message with its modern terminology says He will supply us with “three square meals daily”! I liked that one too! My favorite was how “The Passion Translations” put it, “We acknowledge you as Provider of all our needs”. Another glorious description of our Father! 

So why should we worry? Why reach into tomorrow’s black hole, when we have plenty to contend with in today? I guess Matthew 6:34 says it best! “Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” (TPT)

Out of my window, I see the blue sky, I see birds clamoring for breakfast on our feeders, I see flutters of yellow as Gold Finches display their beauty, I see the hope of another day the Lord has made! May I not roll off the bed into the black hole of worry! 

Prayer: Father God, Provider of our needs, protect us from worry. Surround us with your love as we rest beneath your wings of love. 

Jeanie Nihiser
Volunteer and Prayer Warrior with Answers2PrayerMinistries
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 NIV)


The Black Hole in Black and White