No one has ever accused me of being a Pollyanna. That’s just not my personality. I’m more of a “just the facts” kind of person. I suppose it’s safe to say that I avoid the cheerleader, Pollyanna folks. I appreciate their ever-positive attitude and uplifting words. I’m just more of a realist and see the dark—not just the bright side of life.
It may seem odd that I’m encouraging you to seek life today. The temptation during this Pandemic is to focus on death and destruction, on the illness instead of health. News of the latest death toll and recent outbreaks flood our newsfeeds. To say the news can overwhelm us is a definite understatement!
This morning during my prayer time, I saw beautiful wisteria in front of me. God said, “Look closer.” I saw bees buzzing around the wisteria and heard God whisper, “Seek Life.” I don’t know why God’s words surprised me, especially since I mentioned doing exactly this in a previous post, “Ten Tips to Survive Staying Home.” I guess God felt I needed the reminder. As the days blend and the weeks sludge by, it is tempting to hang our head and trudge through our self-contained existence. However, when we do that, we miss life happening all around us.
Yesterday, my husband and I sat in our backyard inhaling the fragrance of citrus blossoms, honeysuckle and jasmine. We celebrated the iris plant soon to burst in purple splendor. We watched hummingbirds drink nectar from the orange blossoms. It helped to share gratitude for a yard where we escape our current lock-down. It also helps to meditate on God’s promises. Psalm 43:2-5 says, “You are God, my stronghold. Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.”
I encourage you to focus on the promises of God. Focus more intentionally on the light and seek life in these dark days. Trust that you can put your hope in God because you will yet praise Him. Seek life! It’s happening all around you!