This morning, I witnessed a battle scene.
The scene was so striking, it grabbed my attention and I could not take my eyes from it. A dramatically painted picture etched itself into my mind and didn’t leave my thoughts all day.
Summer time delivers many bright, sunny days of hot weather here at Mama’s Empty Nest. In the last couple of days, some blessed rain blew in, shoving the high humidity out, resulting in more delightful temperatures and a sweet, refreshing breeze.
On my trek to work today, I couldn’t stop staring at the sky. As I buzzed down the highway, I noticed the fast-moving hedge of dark rain clouds streaking across the vista. I continued watching them because they were speeding along like a freight train.
And that’s when I noticed that in one direction bits of fluffiness in the form of cottony clouds dotted blue sky and sunlight streamed through that part of the atmosphere. But the sinister looking freight train was rolling through rapidly from the other direction! The dark clouds, in their faster than a speeding bullet mode, collided and clashed with the bright side of the sky swiftly overtaking it – simply annihilating it in the battle.
Those ominous clouds actually devoured the fleecy ones. Darkness swallowed up the sunlight right before my eyes. That scene unfolding in front of me reminded me about the stark reality of the world we live in. Evil – the dark side, if you want to quote Star Wars – spreads its foul fingers wherever it goes trying to consume and ultimately destroy goodness or light. And that happens each and every day here in our world, not just in movieland.
As a believer in Christ, I tend to view life in spiritual ways, especially when God paints such a vivid picture in my surroundings as He did this morning. Witnessing those rain clouds slamming into sunshine reminded me that we need to be on guard, ever watchful for evil which can so easily overtake us. But even more than that, we must be vigilant in prayer.
1 Peter 5:7-9 ~ “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
Just yesterday, I was gifted with an opportunity to enjoy a short chat with a lovely fellow Christian who I haven’t seen for some time. She’s enduring a difficult trial right now, yet amid her own heavy load, she inquired about my family and shared that she had been praying for us. Her face lit up with a smile and praise when I revealed how her prayers had been answered.
Conviction washed over me as I realized that I have not been as diligent in prayer for this dear one as she has been for me. She disclosed to me that during this storm she feels such a strong sense of peace which she’s certain is from God. Then she stated something that didn’t surprise me at all. Several well-meaning people in her circle of friends told her she wasn’t being positive enough because she has accepted the difficulty laid before her and is meeting it with complete faith and trust in the God who has saved her.
People don’t get that, she told me. They think she’s not “thinking positive” when she tells them she will meet whatever outcome God has in store for her and they don’t understand or like what she says. As a realist myself, I totally get it.
There are certain events we encounter in life that just happen. You can try to use the ‘power of positive thinking’ until the cows come home, but it might not change your circumstances. That doesn’t mean you must stop asking God for intervention, or healing, or a miracle, or whatever may help the situation. But you also should beseech Him for the strength to endure, the ability to completely trust His will for you, and the peace that passes all understanding.
The power of positive thinking alone can’t move the rain clouds away or stop them from coming just as it can’t protect me from evil touching my life. The power of prayer to the God who is in control of the universe is a different story. And the power of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, is the real source of the peace and strength needed to endure life as it comes.
This morning as I began my 9th page in Chapter 8 in my life’s book entitled Opportunity, I’m certain my heavenly Father demonstrated these thoughts for me as I watched that war of clouds in the morning sky.
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