Yesterday, I went to a Memorial Day parade and ceremony in my town. I was really impressed with what the mayor had to say. In it, she talked of how our country has become very pessimistic. Of how we seem to be focused on what is falling apart, often to the point of overlooking what we have to be grateful for. She encouraged everyone to spend some time thinking of all the wonderful things we have to be grateful for as individuals, as a community and as a nation.
As I was walking away, I realized how important her words were for me. Just like everyone else, I have bigger dreams that have yet to manifest. I was struggling with feelings of frustration and fear last week. Yet, when I look over recent events, I can name at least five separate occasions that were clearly “God winks” or moments when God clearly was supporting me on my life path. It reminded me to watch for the small examples of Divine support. I think God sends those to remind us that he’s still with us. It just takes a little longer for the bigger things to come forth sometimes.
And about the state of our nation, I encourage everyone to look for things that are going well. While none of us relish higher gas prices or the effects these have on our family budget, there are still blessings to be found in the situation. One blessing is the effect on our environment. Despite warnings of the dire effects of fossil fuels on the planet, the problem has grown in scope. It often seems the only way to get significant change in our lifestyles is to hit our wallet…this is already leading to an increase in fuel efficient cars and changing driving habits.
I am not diminishing the negative effects this is having on many. I have friends who are selling their home as a result of high gas prices and how it is impacting their business. I know many are truly struggling right now. My heart goes out to them all. I do feel though that turning our thoughts to the gifts we do have will help draw more “God winks” into this time of change. Living in a state of fear won’t change the situation in a positive way. Have faith and ask for God’s help. I know that is what I’m going to do.
Blessings to everyone!