Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Isn’t hope a wonderful, most positive thing? I find that I am constantly lifting my eyes to heaven and praying in hope that the good Lord answers prayers. My prayers are for the good of all people. I pray for happiness and joy for people, for health in those that are afflicted, for love in those that are heart-broken, and for relief for those that feel grief. There is so much goodness in the world. Why dwell on the things that are less than positive?
My eyes are blinded by the love of the Lord and the goodness in people. I have met so many good people recently. My heart swells with love and joy when I receive a text or email or message from my new-found friends. Still, I often find others that wallow in sadness…some rightly so, others…well, let’s just pray for their relief. I sure do.
When I see hardship or hopelessness, I pray for relief for those that are true to the word of God. Are there not small victories in each sunrise and sunset? In the voice of little sparrows that sing from the bushes? In the musical notes that flow from those that lift their voices in song to God?
Just tonight, I was outside writing on my patio. I have a large bamboo bush that hangs over a lounge chair. The little sparrows were singing and jumping from branch to branch. I set my laptop aside and listened to their play. It uplifted my soul and I thought of my dear friends, the ones that find joy in saving a small sparrow or laughing at naughty grandchildren. Life is so full of small blessings. Why dwell on the hardships and negatives when life is so full of positives?
My wish for everyone is to follow Romans 12:12 and rejoice in all that is full of hope. Notice the leaves changing or the shift in the wind. See the beauty in the sunset over the waters or the sunrise over the trees. God is everywhere and we are the recipient of His love.