I wish every day could be like this. I actually had a little time to think this afternoon and soak in the blessings of the day. So many days of my life are rush here, rush there, with barely any time to notice even the simplest things around me. But today, for a moment, I am still.
I’ve been looking at the multi-colored leaves on one of the trees in my yard outside my office window. The sun hits the leaves in just the right places to make them twinkle and glisten in its light. Their vibrant colors are amazing! The breeze on the trees is causing shadows to dance on my walls. The squirrels are rushing around carrying large nuts in their mouths as they prepare for the winter months ahead. A layer of dead leaves is forming on our grass we tried so hard to grow all summer, so that now we can barely even see it’s there. I’m literally inhaling the sunshine with the deepest breaths I can humanly conjure, as it has been so scarce in the last few weeks. Its warmth is such a blessing. Fall is here in full force!
I’m sure you’re all saying, “Well, it sounds like Lori took her meds today!” (Just so you know…I don’t take meds to be happy. Some wish I took meds not to be so happy, but that’s another blog.) Nonetheless, I’m not always so gushy or descriptive, but today, is different. I have made a purposeful decision to focus on my blessings instead of all of the world problems and current headlines.
It seems that the last few weeks have had headlines full of bad news. You may already know I’m a real estate agent. Recently, there have been several incidents of agents being attacked and/or even killed while simply doing their jobs. It has the industry up in arms about how we can protect ourselves and prevent these things from happening again.
Last week I got a note from a friend asking me to take a class to get my concealed carry license. It was funny that she would invite me, as I had seriously been considering carrying a weapon in light of all that is going on around me. Jim and I had many discussions as to whether we would take the class or not. I’ve never really liked guns but I am realizing that the way our society is going, it might be inevitable for all of us to own and carry protection devices of various kinds.
In addition, we are hearing one report after another about the Ebola scare and how it has entered the United States putting us all at risk. People are buying protective gear and taking great precautions to make sure that they remain safe in the midst of such scary circumstances facing our nation.
As I read the news or even scan through my Facebook posts, I am struck with the realization that this world is scary. There are perils around every corner that could take us out at any given time. We are human. We will live and then we will die. One cannot predict the day or the hour, but there will come a time when each one of us will leave this earth.
As all of this negativity bombards us at every turn, we can begin to feel distressed. But the fact is, each and every day, we might be faced with fearful situations that we feel are out of control, or maybe I say out of our control.
As Christians, we have a hope that goes beyond our fears. It is a hope and peace that supercedes anything we can imagine. The only requirement is that we call on God in those times of fear and doubt. We need to purposely focus on Him and seek His strength for each day. He is faithful to meet us where we are and bless us. Blessing us might not mean taking us out of our circumstances or removing that which causes us distress. However, He does promise to be with us through everything that comes our way when we call on Him. There is no gun big enough or no hazard suit safe enough to give me the peace that my Lord gives me when I put my trust in Him for my safety.
As I purposely focused on God’s goodness amidst all of the chaos around me this week, He reminded me once again of His Word in Psalms 91. I hope you will take the time to reflect on this scripture and ask God to give you a peace that surpasses all understanding with whatever you are facing today.
Psalms 91 (NKJV)
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
Be blessed, and don’t forget to go out and be a blessing!