Catherine Marshall, in “Touching the Heart of God,” tells about her
friend Marge who was on a plane to Cleveland waiting for takeoff. Looking through the window across the aisle, she saw a brilliant sunset. But out of the window next to her she saw only a dark threatening sky. A gentle voice spoke within her: “You see, it doesn’t matter which window you look through, this plane is still gong to Cleveland. So it is in your life. You have a choice. You can dwell on the gloomy picture, or you can focus on the bright things and leave the dark situations to me. ln any case, the final destination is not influenced by what you see or feel along the way.”
Isn’t it great that we don’t have to operate by our feelings! God’s promises have nothing to do with feelings. Some days we awaken in a negative mood in which the whole world seems tilted the wrong way. We may even feel as though God Himself has deserted us. We need to understand that He has not recalled His blessings on our lives or cancelled His promises because we don’t happen to feel happy or blessed. The Evil One may play with our minds but he can’t cancel our salvation, cast out God’s presence or expel His Holy Spirit. We must distance ourselves from the godless thinking of this world, so dependent upon subjective impressions and emotional highs. There will always be those among us who see only the dark clouds, who refuse to be cheered by the blessings that abound to them, and will always look as if they have been drinking pickle juice. They are determined to live a life of pessimism even though God gives them every reason to hope, trust and be joyful.
It is significant that the first three fruits of the Spirit-filled life are “love, joy and peace.” Our Lord does not intend for His people to feel miserable. There is no salt or light in that, and there is no special reward in heaven for those who have spent their lives persecuting themselves. But, regardless of the attitude we choose for the journey, God hasn’t changed the destination. So relax, open up to the needs of others, be an encourager and don’t take yourself too seriously.
Senior Pastor of Cactus Christian Fellowship