My daughter had been scrolling through Pinterest in search a craft idea when she finally decided on one.
She would attempt to make a puff ball.
Soon string, scissors and a fork appeared; then the work began.
She wasn’t pleased with her first attempt. She thought it wasn’t done well.
I thought it was cute.
“I don’t have the right type of string. That’s why it’s not working,” she moaned.
I took the fluffy first fruit. “I’ll keep it,” I assured her.
But instead of consoling her, that just seemed to annoy her. It wasn’t not good enough.
She decided to attempt one more on the off chance that adding more string would make a difference.
The result was a slightly larger and just as cute ball of fluff. But in her mind…it was rubbish.
I quickly plucked the offender out of her hands before she could fling it into the bin.
As I cradled the unwanted puff balls, I couldn’t help but think that this is just what the enemy wants us to think about our lives.
He throws these poisonous thoughts at us:
your life is not perfect;
you life is not like _______ (insert name);
there is something wrong with you.
And we absorb them and think negative things like:
I don’t have the right job.
I don’t have the right spouse.
My kids aren’t perfect.
If I lived elsewhere, life would be better.
I don’t have the perfect house.
I don’t have the best car.
Sometimes we get so crippled by our complaining that we are blinded to the blessings we do have.
I have a job.
I have a family.
I have a home.
I have transportation.
Many people are probably praying to have what we have.
But if life isn’t exactly as we would have it, some of us get into unfortunate situations by attempting to “fix” things ourselves; still others are ready to throw in the towel altogether.
Today, let’s ask God for fresh perspective; let’s ask for eyes that see the good in our lives.
Maybe we aren’t exactly where we would like to be right now. But Solomon reminds us, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV
I don’t know what season you are in right now, but you can believe that there is a purpose to it.
Why not pray and ask God to help you through this season of life?
Ask Him for the faith to trust Him inspite of your circumstances.
And instead of trying to fix things yourself, leave it with Him and believe that He will sort it out to your benefit.
Prayer: Dear Father, help me to remember that you are with me in every season of life. Help me to see the blessings you’ve placed in my life and to be thankful for them. Father, I would like certain things to change right now, but help me to be patient and to trust in your timing, knowing that you are working all things out for my good. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.