The Eternal Optimist

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those that hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
Isaiah 40:30-31
Yesterday afternoon, as we were pulling out of our driveway, Bobby mentioned how dark and gloomy it had become.  A storm cloud had passed over head and seemed to park itself above us.  It was black and menacing and dreary and the raindrops started plopping down.  From the back seat, Chase piped up, “It’s still sorta bright out.”   Bobby asked him where he saw brightness?  And Chase said, “Everywhere … it’s still daylight Dad, there’s brightness here.”
It was the cutest thing … in the midst of this storm, Chase saw the light.
I love the example the Apostle Paul set for us.  He was actually under house arrest in Rome, maybe not in a dark and dreary prison, but yet, not free to travel around preaching the gospel that he so dearly loved when he wrote these words:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
      Philippians 4:6-8
Paul wasn’t fussing over his circumstances. He was seeing the light of God … through the storm that he had encountered.  And God’s peace was upon him.

I really want to be like my little Chase and the Apostle Paul when I grow up.  I want to be in the midst of life’s storms and see brightness and encounter God’s peace.
Father, there are always two ways to look at a situation.  Help me to stay encouraged, even when the storm clouds are billowing in and the thunder is all around.   Thank you Father, that when I keep my eyes on you, the light always shines through.

I Love You Jesus.
      In Your Name I Pray,

God Bless You!


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