One of my favorite delights of summer is fresh fruit ~ always sweet and satisfying.
It’s hot and it’s sticky outside. A hot August sun is beating down and we’re in the dog days of summer here. The humidity is so thick and it is still. Even a hint of a warm breeze blowing would be welcomed!
I have a choice to make. Do I sit here, grumbling and complaining, wishing I was either somewhere else, or the weather would miraculously change? Or . . . Do I enjoy some fruit?
It’s pretty easy to offer up praise when life is rolling along great, like we think it ought to be. When we’re experiencing success, happiness, maybe even “perfect” weather, that sacrifice of praise can come quite readily.
But what about when the tables are turned and we’re staring unhappiness straight in the face. What about when circumstances in life aren’t peachy keen? Maybe it’s rejection or something out of our control. Maybe it’s a decision we don’t necessarily want to make, or one we want to live with. Is it the voice of the enemy saying, “Did He really say…? The sacrifice of praise doesn’t come easily, especially when the world seems full of emptiness.
I have a choice.
One thing my journey continues to teach me is that God is good and He is faithful in spite of my failings. When my heart offers up the sacrifice of praise, especially when I don’t feel like being thankful for the pit I find myself in, it is in Him I can find my peace.
I can’t feel these two extremes of emotions at the same time. Joy will surpass every other emotion.
I have a choice.
So when things come at me in life – be it a little speed bump, or a dark abyss – when turmoil comes, and I know it will, do I choose to grumble and complain? Or do I choose to be continually ready to offer up thankfulness and receive such incredible peace? In His incredible Peace I can praise Him for His faithfulness.
Seeing God in every circumstance is not a matter of me being the ultimate optimist. Seeing God in every circumstance is a matter of seeing the Truth.
Choosing to praise Him is always sweet and satisfying.