I had two friends that both underwent a similar medical procedure. Afterward they both described their experience to me in detail, with one important difference. One, who viewed life with an optimistic flare accentuated her report of her medical experience with “it was cool!” The other, whose life outlook relates to Winnie the Pooh’s friend, Eeyore, kept saying, “it was terrible.” Same procedure, different perception. One approached the situation with a sense of wonder, the other thought the sky was falling.
“Storms of life” come to all of us. My pastor has often said, we are either going into a storm, in the middle of the storm, or coming out of a storm. In reading through the Psalms we see this truth in the life of David. And sometimes David was like my optimistic friend and other times he had his “Eeyore” moments. But what I like about David is though at times he starts a Psalm with an Eeyore voice, he interrupts himself, reminds himself of God’s faithfulness and goodness in the past and ends the Psalm with hope and trust in God.
From Psalm 61:1-4 (NLT): “O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth, I cry to You when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of Your wings!”
Lord, if my mind starts going down a negative road today, please interrupt my thoughts and help me to remember that You are the rock of my life and help me to cling to Your promise that You are working out all things in my life for good. Amen.