• Carolyn Kazmierczak

One Day at a Time

Updated: Aug 30, 2019

I love the story of Zacchaeus in the book of Luke, chapter 19. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but he couldn’t because of the huge crowd clamoring about in Jericho. So he climbed up high into a sycamore tree just so he could see Him.

Zacchaeus was a sinner – a dishonest tax collector, undeserving of God’s love, but Jesus loved him anyway. Jesus said, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” (Luke 19:5). The people complained saying that Jesus had gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner. But Jesus said in Luke 19:9 & 10, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Like Zacchaeus, I too wanted to know who Jesus was. I wanted to know him on a much deeper level than what my life had produced since being saved at a young age. I wasn’t a dishonest tax collector, but I did experience sin, depression and anger that overpowered me and dominated my life leaving me feeling defeated and overwhelmed. And as a Christian, I knew I didn’t have to allow these circumstances to control my life – so why did I?

Jesus knew my sins and faults, yet He still loved me too! Being depressed caused me to long for perfection here and now. Depression in and of itself is not sin, yet if not dealt with whether through medication or counseling, it can lead us astray controlling our thoughts and feelings. I didn’t want to deal with life in general. I wanted my life to just simply be easy. But Jesus never promised that. He had a much bigger plan for my life. He wanted me to trust Him for every detail of my life.

In Psalms 143:4 & 8 King David wrote, “Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me. My heart within me is distressed. Cause me to hear Your loving kindness in the morning. For in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way in which I should walk. For I lift up my soul to You.” David’s appeal to The Lord was for guidance and deliverance.

I knew that I needed God’s guidance and deliverance as well. I had spent too many years trying to “fix” things on my own and what I discovered was that I couldn’t. Once I came to realize that, I asked The Lord to let me trust Him one day at a time. Like David, I wanted to hear His loving kindness in the morning. I wanted to trust Him. I wanted Him to cause me to know the way and where I should walk. I wanted to be devoted to Him, and once I became devoted, I’ve never looked back.

Zacchaeus did what would seem impossible for any sinner. He restored that which he took from the citizens of Jericho fourfold. But it was because of Jesus’ love for Zacchaeus that he was able to give back to those he had stolen from. Jesus delivered him from the circumstances of his life that kept him bound to sin. Jesus saved him and his household.

Jesus delivered me too through His holy word and prayer. I began to experience freedom from the clutches of sin and depression. I began to recognize on a daily basis to place my trust in Jesus. I no longer wanted to overthink or dwell on the things of tomorrow. Soon, I felt compelled to restore broken relationships – relationships I thought were broken for life. My marriage had suffered a tremendous heartbreak because of my depression. But because of Jesus’ deliverance, I was no longer bound by depression and the sin that resulted in my life because of it.

Now my life has meaning and purpose. I feel healed and strengthened, with a vision to be devoted to Jesus my Savior. I want to continue deepening my faith and devotion to Jesus so that when the overwhelming feelings of depression try to drag me down, I will be faithful to trust Him in every step of my life. Taking one day at a time makes all the difference in the world when I truly trust Jesus to guide me through the overwhelming circumstances of life.

Jesus loved Zacchaeus, a sinner. He loves you and He loves me. God’s word tells us He loves all people and desires to have a personal relationship with everyone. So if you find yourself bogged down in the controlling clutches of sin, depression or maybe anger, I encourage you to seek out Jesus through prayer, reading of His word and to have a true desire to know Him on a much deeper level so you too can experience freedom, guidance and deliverance from the overwhelming circumstances of life. Rejoice in Jesus and experience the peace and hope that only Jesus can give by taking life one day at a time.

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