Posted on October 12, 2013
I had a setback in my running this week. A friend and I are training for a marathon scheduled for later this month, and my right foot is protesting. The prognosis is uncertain, and uncertainty makes me antsy and grumpy. I’ve tried focusing on the positives … I can’t run, so I get to “sleep in”. If I can’t run the marathon, I’ll be in town for our friends’ awesome Halloween bash. I get to wear an orthopedic boot … I never thought I’d be so fond of footwear made of plastic and Velcro, but it’s quite comfortable. And, it slows me down, which is not a bad thing. The most important positive is the gift of perspective. My setback is relatively insignificant, and when I compare it to my long list of blessings, I’m embarrassed to bring it up. But, here I am bringing it up.
Despite the positives surrounding my circumstances, I’ve allowed negativity to tint my outlook and hijack my trust in God. Sometimes, I need to be reminded to exchange my dark, negative shades for clear, bright lenses … lenses that will not be darkened by my circumstances and the challenges that will surely come. To that end, God has reminded me …
He has a unique plan for me, and my current circumstances are part of that plan. For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
He works all things for good. We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
He is victorious over evil. … they will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings … Revelation 17:14
I am forgiven and will be with Him in heaven one day. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
God’s made those promises to each of us. We have everything we need to continually put on clear, bright lenses that provide an outlook of hope. With that knowledge, why would I ever choose to put on lenses with a negative tint? When I do, I’m telling God I don’t believe He can keep His promises, and that’s more embarrassing than bringing up my foot issue. So, I’m trading in my shades for better lenses. And, when challenges throw negative thoughts my way, I pray I can persevere with hope and trust.