Looking to the Good

I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 (NIV)

Recently my adopted son (who we are raising since the untimely death of my daughter) went on an overnight campout.  The kids did all kinds of fun things.  They went to the Indiana dunes for the campout and did all kinds of “nature stuff.”  They hiked up a sand dune - played outside way after dark - used a campfire to cook their dinner.  They played kick-the-can.  (Didn’t know anyone played that anymore!)  They slept in tents.  It sounded like a fun time.

Upon arriving home, I asked him how the campout was.  “Terrible!” he exclaimed.  “Look!” He pointed out scratch on his arm.  “I went through a briar bush and I got THIS!”

I eyed him curiously.  “So,” I said slowly, “That scratch made the whole trip terrible?”  He nodded seriously.

That got me to thinking.  How often do I Iet the bad completely wipe out the good in my life.  Am I expecting good?  Or do I expect (and find) the bad things.  

Well, today is a good day.  Yes, I’m tired.  Yes, I have heart issues and pain.  Yes, I am still pretty much homebound.  None of that has changed.

Yet today, the wind coming through the window is warm.  My son and I are sharing time together.  Little things.  More and more I realize that it is the little things that I need focus on. 

Of course, I can focus on the “scratch” and let it wipe out all the good there still is in my life, just like my grandson did (hmmmm - wonder where he might have gotten that from?) or I can expect there to be good.

How easy to become depressed when we no longer expect there to be any good at all.

No matter where you are today, or what your circumstances, I challenge you to look for the good today.

Even if it is very small - it is there.  Look to it.  Expect it.  

Maybe you will even find more than you expect!

Father God, Thank you that in the midst of all we go through there is always good.  I pray we do not focus so on the negatives that we erase all of the good around us.  Amen and Amen, Lord. 

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