I remember giving a children’s sermon once. I had a large sheet of white paper with a black dot placed right in the middle. The first thing I asked was what the children saw. No answers like, “a sheet of white paper” etc. The answer from all of the kids was…”a black dot”. That led to a sermon on what sin can do in our lives. How that small dot, was like sin. It’s what stuck out, although there was a full sheet of white paper.
And then I had this weekend. I’ve never been a believer in “Murphy’s law”, but this weekend, well…I was beginning to wonder. I know you’d love to hear all the grimy details…but really, it just about makes me sick to even think through them. Suffice it to say…one rv electric jack system, one camper awning, one I phone, one bleeding finger, one Mazda, one antique canister (that I LOVED)…and to make it all worse…my favorite pair of blinged out flip-flops! Those are just the few “Murphy’s law” things I can think of off the top of my head. So last night I was praying about most of the said incidents among other things…and it came to me. I was letting all the bad things that had happened over the weekend take over. I almost failed to see all the great things that happened too. I cried, “Lord, lord…why?, why?…and help me…help me” But what about, “thank you, Father”…for the rain, for the awesome sunset I watched, for Meg’s new job, for good friends, for sisters helping each other. The list goes on and on.
Moral of the story. That tiny little black dot is just a speck compared to the blessings that surround it. We can choose to see the bad, complain about the uncomfortable, whine about what’s going wrong…or we can look at the blessings. And be encouraged, and joyful, and Praise Him for all that He does.