My friend, may I ask you a question? Do circumstances have a way of intervening in our lives in ways that seem at first intolerable? And when we first discover their apparent impact, often unpleasant, our first thought is to blame the circumstances and not ourselves for making a way around them?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Winters here at Beech Springs can be brutal sometimes. Those rogue snowstorms that come out of nowhere and dump two feet of snow overnight instead of the 8 inches predicted are the culprits. Just such a storm hit a few years back and caught me with my guard down. I keep my tractor in the back shed at the far end of the property. There’s a gravel path leading back to the shed and normally it isn’t a problem to back out of the shed, drop the snow thrower and plow through the snow to get out to the driveway. But, there was too much snow for my tractor to handle. My son Dan could plow the driveway for me with his truck but the path is too narrow for him to plow back to the shed. My first thought at the time was to shake my fist and blame the weatherman. Had he correctly forecasted the storm I would have had the tractor brought up the night before. As it turned out, more snow was predicted and it only made the situation worse. I needed to find a way to free my tractor; so I did the only thing I could think of; I shoveled a path by hand back to the shed. It took hours, but a way is a way.
Circumstances have a way of intervening. Often unpleasant, our first thought is often to blame the circumstances.
Here’s a thought: Norman Vincent Peale grew up never blaming his circumstances but rising above his losses to become a winner. A young man once approached Peale and told him that he wanted to start a business but lacked the money to do so. Peale responded, “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. Young man,” he continued, “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” Peale kept a plaque behind his desk that reflected this belief. It read, “Find a way, or make one.” (Speakers’ Library of Business Anecdotes.)
When it came to dealing with the circumstances of this life, Peale didn’t tolerate excuses, and we shouldn’t either. Why? Because when we blame circumstances, we are really just blaming God. He controls circumstances as He controls every- thing. Psalm 16:8 grants this comfort: “I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” The Psalmist is saying that even though God doesn’t exempt us from circumstances like freak snowstorms, He assures us that no matter what trouble befalls us because of those circumstances, if our hope is in Him, we have nothing to fear. With Peale we can boldly say, when circumstances block us, the only option is to “Find a way or make one.”
We pray. Heavenly Father, You are the God of good, not matter what the circumstances are, the pain, the sorrow or the hardship. You have promised that all things work together for good. That means that that nothing bad can really happen to us in this life if we believe in You. When circumstances confront us and we are at a loss as to what to do or how, remind us Father that You will make a way even when none is apparent. It may mean sacrifice, even sorrow or pain, but a way is a way. Forgive us when we complain and blame the circumstances of our lives. Make us resilient and fearless no matter the challenge. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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