Monday, May 23, 2016
The Hundred Acre Woods Called Life
Well, I’ve never been an optimist…yes, I’m ashamed to admit it, but it is the truth. I’ve always been that girl who focuses on the empty part of the glass…more of a hard-boiled-egg than a sunny-side-up.
I have a hard time keeping a positive attitude in life. I can’t help to pay too much attention to the unfavorable odds that often seem to stack against me. Left to my own nature, I’d be a real-life Eeyore.
Right now, as our family faces a bump on the road, I feel the weight of the situation begin to crush my spirit. I’m trying not to fall into the trap of despair and worry, but my default negativism is threatening to push me in.
The thing is that on top of being a major Eeyore, all gloomy and down, I am also short-tempered, cranky and a bit of a control-freak…now that I think about it, kind of like Rabbit. I like things to go the way I planned them and I don’t really like surprises.
What I keep forgetting is that in this Hundred Acre Woods called life, being a rigid pessimist is not going to lead me to a sunset of joy, but to a midnight of darkness. I need to remember that if I believe God is Sovereign, I must believe He is Sovereign over ALL…not just over certain things. He is Lord over the empty side of the glass. He is Lord over the hard-boiled eggs. He is Lord over the unfavorable odds. He is Lord over the Eeyores and the Rabbits. He is Lord over the entire Hundred Acre Woods and beyond.
Today, I pray that God allows me to become flexible so I can adapt to the His plans. I pray that the Holy Spirit helps me/us understand that even though from this side of eternity God’s plan might seem like a scary adventure, in reality, He is in control of it all, and it all works out in the end. I pray that me/us see that even though the odds might seem to be stacked against me/us, I/we don’t need to fear the odds because God is Lord over them. And I pray that His presence surrounds us so we feel the victory instead of the fear as we travel through this valley of tears.