My friend, may I ask you a question? When we look at life do we see it is pretty much dependent on how we choose to filter it? Are you overwhelmed by a sense of God’s goodness and protection in your life? Even when trouble rains around you? Is life full of bad things that really do need to be filtered out?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I’ve owned aquariums for many years. One of the things about aquariums is there potential to be foul and unsightly if the water is not properly filtered. Filtering the water is essential since fish waste accumulates rapidly and the water can become not only clouded but toxic to the fish themselves. Algae are also a constant concern. Upkeep is pretty much a daily chore. Ultimately, everything is dependent upon the filter floss and charcoal that comprise the filter. If you keep that replenished, you will have a beautiful tank to look at. If you don’t, the whole thing will become an ugly mess.
So it is with the way we look at life. What we see is pretty much dependent on how we choose to filter it. Like that fish waste, there is no doubt that evil is all around us. Like that algae, often times life just explodes into a cloud of negative things.
Here’s a story: One of God's faithful missionaries, Allen Gardiner, experienced many physical difficulties and hardships throughout his service to the Savior. Despite his troubles, he said, "While God gives me strength, failure will not daunt me." In 1851, at the age of 57, he died of disease and starvation while serving on Picton Island at the southern tip of South America. When his body was found, his diary lay nearby. It bore the record of hunger, thirst, wounds, and loneliness. The last entry in his little book showed the struggle of his shaking hand as he tried to write legibly. It read, "I am overwhelmed with a sense of the goodness of God." (Allen Gardiner.)
Are you overwhelmed a sense of God’s goodness and protection in your life? Even when trouble rains around you? Life is full of bad things that really do need to be filtered out. But, if you filter life through God’s Word, it’s a whole lot easier to see the good even when we know the bad is there. Fish filters don’t filter out everything but they do give a clearer picture of what we want to see. Fill you mind with the goodness of God’s Word and you will find there is little room for negative thinking. There will always be algae in the water, but a good filter helps a whole lot.
We pray. Heavenly Father, Your Word is solace for the sad and ballast for the bewildered, a firm rock for the freshly rocked, and bread from heaven for the hungry on earth. We praise you. You’ve made promises You alone can keep, and You do not lie. No god is as near or good, merciful or mighty as You—no matter the storm or season. As You have spoken clearly, You created us and are redeeming us, all for Your glory. You summoned us by name, calling us to life in the gospel. You gave us a new name. There’s no sweeter, more perspective-giving or peace-generating name You could call us. You never promised we wouldn’t experience floods and torrents, fires and flames. But You have promised to be with us. To know Your great affection for us, and Your absolute sovereignty over everything is enough, 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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