Gather. Create. Celebrate. The world has so much to offer — here, there and everywhere. Whether you stand in the midst of a vast and verdant field, or your feet strike pavement with every step … find the presence of God. He’s there. Always. In every single situation known to man.
No, you can’t see Him. No, you can’t shake his hand. No, you can’t look Him in the eye. You don’t need to. You can find the unending beauty and majestic grace in a bright, yellow weed or the sparkle in the eye of a stranger. You can feel the warmth of the sunshine on your face. You can hear the rustle of the leaves in the trees. You can sense the presence of light in the dark.
Stop. Look. Listen. Accept a new perspective. Stop seeing the world as a threat against YOU and welcome the world as a gift from God. For when we shift our thinking in such a way we truly see that the vast, undefeated GOOD will always, always outweigh the atrocities, the endless strife, the misery that invades every corner.
Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! ~ Luke 12:27-28
The world is a wonderful place and there are terrible people in it. We cannot understand how all things work for good, but we can rest assuredly — even in the trenches of deep pain and sadness — that good overcomes evil. We are not in control. He is. Evil will not prevail. God will.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. ~ John 16:33
Take heart, friend. Take your heart, fill it with all that is good, and rest on the peace that surpasses all understanding.