Matthew 5:8 New International Version (NIV)
8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."
I am that person that can wake up one morning, hop out of bed, adore my first cup of coffee and thank God for my wonderful life. I have the best husband, 2 healthy kids, great friends, trust in the Lord, more material nonsense than a girl could need, and the list goes on and on. Yet, by my mid-morning snack, my husband turns into my enemy (this is only in my mind of course because he has no idea), I find myself raising 2 ungrateful little people, I'm not loving how my jeans fit, and my never ending busy schedule is driving me nuts. In a matter of 3 hours, my life turns from one that is blessed and amazing to one that is in need of more. When I am in the moment, my laundry list of unhappy events seem so very real. Yet, If I take a moment to reflect, I realize that it has a lot more to do with me and my vantage point of the situation verses true reality.
With most things in life, I think the best way to get yourself into trouble is to over think. Although life is full of unforeseeable twists & turns (which seem to increase in magnitude, trickiness and occurrence for me lately), things are usually not quit as confusing as we make them out to be. I find that situations only get complicated for me when I push God away or forget about His presence in my life. When I get stuck focusing inward, I tend to see all the bad, grey, dingy stuff. Yet, when I look up and outward to the Lord and all the amazing people and goodness He has put into my life, I am better able to view things through those rose colored glasses.
As I move closer to that 40th birthday cake (is that old or young... depends on the audience), I meet more and more people with such varying perspectives. I know people that have a negative story to share each and every time I see them. I feel as though it is almost all that they know. They only understand how to communicate via misery and carry a weighted cloud along with them in their journey through life. I also have the joy of spending time with people that seem to only see the good. They turn any and every situation into a pure 'love of the Lord' moment. Sometimes, I even wonder if they are just trying to fool themselves (and if they are... good for them)!!! I truly believe that how you view things in life is a part of who you are and how God created you, but I also think that your attitude is something that can be gradually changed over time and with practice. It is almost like a muscle and the more that you find the delight in even the most mundane of events, the more that you will have joy and peace in your heart.
Matthew writes in chapter 5 verse 8 that, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God". I think there is so much to be said in this tiniest and simplest of verses. It is not complicated. There is no grand strategy that can 'fix' your life and make things perfect. Life is messy. It just is. Yet, by relying on the Lord and finding peace in His presence, you can take 'your head out of the game' and just follow His journey. There will be good moments and bad moments, but they will all be moments in the eyes of the Lord. Only He can help you conquer your daily tasks in the most joyous of ways. Life is so very precious and so very easy to take for granted. Yet, if you turn to the Lord more often, I almost bet that the glass will gradually start filling up. Give it a whirl!!! Your love and joy in the Lord will speak volumes and rub off on each and every person that you touch in your life... the best form of evangelizing EVER!!!!
I have always loved this portrait by W.E. Hill, 'My wife and mother-in-law'. I first saw it in my guidance counselor's office in 3rd grade. It is such a simple take on how perspective makes all the difference in the world. You can view this photo to see a young lady's profile looking behind or an old lady gazing downward. Some can perhaps only see one version or some may see both immediatley. Just as in life, perspectives can and will change. You just need to take a moment to let the process unfold!
So, Lord, I pray that you give me the strength, guidance and glory to see the true wonder of Your creations. You have blessed me so much and present Yourself in my life through the littlest of events. I pray that I can use Your grace to see the good in my life. I pray that I look at the mountain of dirty clothes, toys strung about the home, fingerprints on the counters and glitter in the cracks of my hardwood floor as a true gift from You! I ask that You help me to make lemonade more often than not. Also, I pray that I have Your patience to understand that sometimes I am going to easily see Your joy and sometimes I am going to really need to lean on You to find the good. Thank you, Lord, for unconditional love and support as I need it always!!!. AMEN!
I'm Rachel Myers, a mom of 2, married to my college guy, former Corporate America gal that stayed home with the kiddos, and now am a preK teacher. This is my little spot to reflect and make it through my journey. Sometimes I lean on Christ and sometimes I forget. Along the way, I love finding inspiration from others, spreading the good in people and finding the joy in God !