I love Charlie Mackesy's outlook on life. He is an artist, author and sculptor in the UK whose recent book has brought him some fame: "The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse." I was encouraged by one of his recent instagram posts. "Those are dark clouds," said the boy. "Yes but they will move on," said the horse, "the blue sky above never leaves." (click here, then click on the picture)
This got me to thinking about how easy it is to be pessimistic when faced by circumstances that you are working through but cannot see the end of them. Is there really a light at the end of the tunnel? Is there really a way out of this mess? Will this financial mess ever be over? Will this relational connection ever be healed? Will this disease ever end?
As one who has been healed from a "professional" level of pessimism, I can say yes, yes and yes! The cool thing about dark clouds is that they do pass. Storms come and go but one of our greatest successes in life is how well we stand during the storm.
"God is with us."
This one statement should forever wipe out our reason for pessimism.
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV84)
5 … God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Imagine a God, who gave His only Son to get all His children back. The cool part of this is, you don’t have to imagine it, it is true. Furthermore, His name is Immanuel which means God with us. It is the identity of Jesus. He is God and He is with us. Create and recreate are His nature. Deliver, heal and save are His mandate. Abundant life is His gift and that eternal. And He is with us!
What we believe in the current unusual storm is going to control how we come through it. I’ll say it another way. The way we stand in the storm has a powerful effect as to how long and how well we do in the storm.
Faith is not denying the facts of our circumstance or the power of this virus. That is deception. But faith is expecting that God has us in the storm and that prayer is powerful and God is good and is working on ur behalf. Another issue is that we have authority in the storm and over the storm. We are not at the storms mercy, it is at ours!
If we live in fear of the future we are much more likely to have negative mental/ effects and negative relational effects. So… back to the original question. Do you see the light at the end of the tunnel before you get there? If not, turn your eyes to Jesus our living hope.