Scarlett’s Wisdom

It’s the rare soul who hasn’t at one time or another watched the classic movie, “Gone with the Wind.”  There are many memorable scenes and quotes from this movie, but the one that attracts my attention is not the one you are thinking of.  It is the scene where Scarlett O’Hara is faced with many difficult situations including financial ruin, losing her property, etc, etc… and makes the statement, “I don’t want to think about that today.  I’ll think about it tomorrow.”

In this simple statement is bound up incredible wisdom.  At first glance, it appears to be the simple-minded, shallow thinking of an impulsive, selfish woman, who mostly only thinks about her own needs and wants.  But, hidden in this simple phrase is wisdom beyond her years.

I’m always amazed as I read the Bible description of what is referred to in our time as ‘Passion Week’ or ‘Holy Week’.  This is the time between Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) until His Resurrection on Easter Sunday.  During this time Christ is doing many things, including healings, teaching, cleansing the temple and many others.  But, there is something curious He is NOT doing…  That’s right, He is not mourning His upcoming death, or the crucifixion.

Now let’s be honest – if I was to inform you that you would be tortured, crucified, and die on Friday, what would you be doing the earlier part of that week?  That’s right – probably NOT teaching, healing, etc…

So, how did He do this?  How was He able to keep His emotions in check?  How was He able to keep focused on those things that needed to be done prior to His crucifixion?

“I don’t want to think about that today.  I’ll think about it tomorrow.”

That’s right – He managed to put it off until the morning of the trial and crucifixion, that time He spent in the Garden.

So, what do we do with this?

The challenge is to find ways to only deal with the things that need to be dealt with ‘today’.  This does not exclude the need to plan or to think about the future or to prepare.  But, it does preclude worrying about things future, and stressing over things that may, or may not, come to pass.

How difficult is this?  It appears to vary by individual.  Some can do this easily, while others struggle.  In fact, those who put off worrying about future events are sometimes seen as simple-minded, as they do not easily get stressed about ‘what might happen’.

The truth, however, is worrying about the future could rob us of our today.  Think again about Christ, and how He managed to put off dealing with the cross until the morning of.  He bought precious time that last week to focus on those things that needed to be accomplished.

Scarlett may have been selfish, and shallow, but her putting off worry and stress until tomorrow was probably the smartest thing she ever did.

One Response to “Scarlett’s Wisdom”

  1. Bea McGuire Says:

    I’ll never watch “Gone with the Wind” again and not think about this blog! Excellent thought! Blessings….

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