My youngest son (7 ½ months) has been displaying some difficulties in certain physical movements for the past few months. He is being followed by a neurologist. He has had many tests done as well. It is very easy to fall into the pit of worry. I have been so involved in observing these difficulties that sometimes I forget to give as much effort to noticing and rejoicing in things he is able to do. And the new things he learns.
Isn’t it just like us humans to focus and drive our attention on all the won’ts and can’ts? Instead we should be focusing on the cans and does.
We can get so clouded by what is right in front of us, that it becomes hard to see the positives.
We need to be thankful even in the clouds, or storms of life. It’s so easy to settle in the pits of negativity, worry and impossibility. Sometimes it is hard to see any positives in a certain situation but we can still be thankful for them. We can be certain that through it God is working and will use it to be glorified. We do not know God’s plan or purposes but we can know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
We can rest in that promise. We can still be thankful.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Philippians 4:4,6,7 says, Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Stop worrying, doubting, or questioning His purposes. Though it doesn’t specifically say in these verses to always focus on the positives, you cannot rejoice or give thanks while dwelling in all the negatives.
How can I change? When you start falling into the pit of negativity and worry, PRAY!
Every situation requires the right perspective. The sun is always shining…that is no lie! Ever flown in an airplane? It can be raining on the ground but once you fly above the clouds you are marvelously blinded by the rays of the sun. To take this concept further… the clouds, or the storms of life, never last.