The world is a complicated place! Life brings new challenges every day. Sometimes it is overwhelming....and yet I am reminded of a thought that an old song reflects: "...On a Clear Day, You Can See Forever..." Often it is difficult to see blessings through the storms. It is so very easy to focus on our sadness or pain and miss the butterfly that has landed on our nose! Life's hardships are indeed hard. Sometimes it is all we can do to endure.
As I began to look at doubt and worry today, some butterflies of blessing came to mind. My Bible instructs me to "make a joyful noise" and to "sing a new song"! It commands me to "come into His presence with thanksgiving" and "enter His gates with praise"! God's word gives us time to mourn and grieve, but it also challenges us to "put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness"! The old hymn, "Count Your Blessings", (name them one by one) is perhaps extracted from Psalm 40:5 in proclaiming the wonders that God has done in our lives, regardless of the heartache that this temporary life affords.
I believe there is a reason for those instructions! If we allow our sin nature to gain control of our thoughts, it can create a vortex of negativity and hopelessness. God has given us defensive weapons that can counteract those dark, heavy invasions of our mind and heart! One of those weapons is HOPE in the promises of eternity! Another is His word, which in and of itself is powerful for the pulling down of strongholds! When we choose to focus on what He offers, it is difficult to stay in the places of heartache and hopelessness. He says that even when storms rage in our lives, there is a safe place! He, as light and colorful as a butterfly, is always present! We must simply choose to accept the reality of His nearness!
The life we know on this earth will pass quickly. The reason we live is for the purpose of making choices that concern eternity! It is about making decisions that affect forever. Choose to see Him - even when it is raining! Even when the water is rising and you feel you are sinking. He is not far, but near. His mercy is enduring - forever. His steadfast love is new every morning. His faithfulness is sure. He is an anchor for our soul and a shelter in the storm. He is the Rock of the ages and a sure foundation. He is our provision - our "more than enough". Set these banners before you and recognize the beauty of who He is in comparison to the fleeting troubles of this world. It is true....there is a "butterfly" - Right. On. Your. Nose.
"Every song that I write comes from my own personal experience. i believe the role of an artist is to interpret reality through a system of beliefs and a long-term seeking of truth, in your own life and in the world at large." Dan Folgelberg