Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
It seemed like it would never get better. I must admit, there were times in 2020 and last year when I wondered would this mess ever get better. I began to wonder, “What if this really was the new normal?” What if all the restrictions and changes were things we were going to have to get used to? What if when someone said, “Just get over it,” that was the reality. Well, at this juncture it seems that is not the case. I just heard on the national news from a national leader the words, “For most Americans it is time to put the mask away.” There is indeed light at the end of the tunnel, and it is not a train about to run over us.
I’ve been reading a lot (well, at least a lot for me) about rethinking the way we think. Both scripture and science prove that our brain, (not to mention our lives) respond to our thought process. It is true. Our lives move in the direction of our strongest thoughts. Or, as another person said, “where you stare you steer.” It is possible and probably probable that we can and should take some advice from Annie. Remember her?
Annie. Her life was pretty hard…pretty dark. A perky young redhead with an optimistic attitude in a pessimistic world. Others mocked her and those charged to care for her emotionally abused her. So, what was Annie’s response? Well, it goes something like this.
“The sun will come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be sun! Just thinking about tomorrow clears away the cobwebs, and the sorrow, till there’s none! When I’m stuck in a day that’s gray, and lonely, I just stick out my chin and grin, and say, “Oh the sun will come out tomorrow. So ya gotta hang on till tomorrow…come what may. Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya tomorrow! You’re always a day away.”
Guess what? The sun did come out. She is rescued by Daddy Warbucks and her life is changed forever. Are there still problems? Yup. Are there still bad guys lurking to hurt her–steal her away? Yup. Does the story have a great ending? Yup and three big lessons emerge. One, the sun will come out. Two. Don’t mess with Daddy Warbucks. Three, don’t underestimate a nine-year-old redhead.
Sometimes it seems we are stuck in a day that’s gray, and lonely. Doesn’t it sometimes seem like the last couple of years has been one too long gray and cloudy day? Doesn’t it seem like this is the new forever normal? Well, it is not. The sun is going to come out and in many ways it already has.
I still try and walk occasionally and these days, usually on the treadmill. I climb on and at 3.5 mph work hard to go nowhere. But sometimes, the temps are warm, and the sun is out and I walk outside and it is like a cool drink of water in a hot dry desert. I mean I just explode in gratitude for a God who loved me enough to let the sun come out.
I read on the internet that the phrase, “And it came to pass…” appears 396 times in the Bible. Each time it is saying that the current situation didn’t come to stay…it came to pass. No matter what…most likely, this isn’t the new normal…it is a set, a series of temporary circumstance. And if it is a new normal, well, His grace is sufficient. When it is all said and done, 2019 is in the past but that may not be such a bad thing.
In 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Paul writes, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” Right on Paul. Right on.
So, remember this. One, the sun will come out–guaranteed. It may be here, or it may be there but the future for a child of God is filled with “Son-shine.” Second, remember who our Father is. He isn’t just rich like Daddy Warbucks–He owns it all and is in total control. And no one…and I mean no one…messes with our Father. Last, you may not be a perky young redhead like Annie, but don’t underestimate yourself. You dear friend, if you have trusted Christ, are a prince or princess of the King. Your home is heaven, and your Heavenly Father calls you His. Can someone say, “Son-shine?” The forecast says clouds but I’m feeling pretty “Son-ny.” After all, He’s got this. Bro. Dewayne