Stephen Covey, in his book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, says, the people who seem to have it most together are those that “determine their own weather.” Think about that.
I do not know about you, but for me, on some days, it just feels like I am peeing in the wind. I feel like Winne the Pooh, with a little black rain cloud hovering over my head, even though it is a full sunshining day. You know what I am talking about? Nothing seems to go right, and everything seems to go wrong.
It’s sort of comical when you think about it? Ever seen one of those cartoons where one of the people depicted is walking around with a little rain cloud hovering above them. Well, it may feel like it, but it is not necessarily the reality.
The fact is, times can be hard, but they do not have to have a hold on us, or determine our hope within us.
If you read the Psalms, David knew God was bigger than anything he faced. Over and over we read his anthems – God will be with me; God will see me through; God will not fail me.
David chose to believe what God had promised rather than what his circumstances proclaimed.
Thus, what if instead of a storm cloud over our heads, we chose to believe that it might be a sanctifying God. In other words, the rain that is falling is not to frustrate us, but maybe, cleanse us. A little water from above sure makes everything around turn green. And as we all know, nothing grows without it.
As we have been going through Psalm 23, the ups and downs of this psalm can definitely reflect how life feels sometimes. It starts with the green pastures and streams, but how quickly we are led through the valleys of despair, death, and discouragement. But regardless of the path, the promise of His goodness, love, and presence glow ever brighter and confidently assured. Thus, at the end of the day, we have a choice. Will we believe that all we will ever have is what we can currently see? Or will we be filled with hope and believe that our Good Shepherd will be with us and guide “all the days” of our lives – and every moment just might be a part of a greater journey?