I’ve used this image before, because it shows a sense of determination that we all need right now. It would be the easy way out for us to fall into the temptation of self-pity or depression. We have reason to feel that way, but it isn’t what God has in mind for us. He doesn’t sit up there in heaven thinking of ways to drive us crazy. He loves us and wants what’s best for us.
Though the things of this world can cause us great angst, we can count on the fact that He is our defender against all of it. He will provide an answer – a solution – another day. As Jesus states in His Holy Word, His kingdom is not of this world. He reigns in heaven, but in the meantime, what about all the junk that continues to plague us on planet Earth? He’s got that too.
Instead of counting up all the negatives that happen around us, take a look at the blessings we have. Instead of painting a picture of disaster one way or another after the coming election, let’s be grateful that we still have a voice as citizens of this great country. Instead of looking at the new waves of Covid19, let’s look forward to a cure and be thankful that there are brilliant minds searching for it. Instead of feeling sad that our children must be isolated from their social activities to stay safe, let’s be thankful that they can still learn virtually. Instead of just getting angry about racism, abortion or other issues that beg difference of opinion, let’s look for solutions for the problem and work together for answers.
There is always some good to look for. When we choose to find it, we’re opening the door to understanding. God has a plan for each one of us. It was determined before we ever came to be. In His wisdom, He has masterfully executed those plans and if we allow it, we will have much to look forward to.
Like the little mouse in his protective headgear, we can obtain the prize. Our goal isn’t a measly piece of cheese. It’s eternal life in paradise. All we need to do is ask.
“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” Maya Angelou