Blue-Sky Thinking

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"A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance:
but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken."
Proverbs 15: 13

We have had more than our fair share of gloomy weather this winter. It has rained almost constantly for weeks and often been accompanied with strong to gale force winds! It was difficult at times not to allow the gloomy weather to affect my mood.

A very welcome break in the weather came a few days ago for a little while. Three days of unspoiled sunshine brightened up everything and brought a welcome relief to those long gray, wet and windy days ... and nights!

I thought 'what a difference a bit of sunshine makes!' it makes everything look so colourful and brightens up our spirits. Everyone it seemed was sighing with relief and feeling the benefit of the warm rays of sunlight. Even the birds had something to sing about :-)

I looked up into the clear blue sky remembered how wonderful it is to have an unsullied walk and relationship with the living God.

How wonderful it is to be truly 'born again'!

There are plenty of clouds in the life of someone who needs to be saved from their sin and reconciled to God. So much comes between a lost soul and the sunshine of the Father's love. So many poor folks in this sad predicament. But thankfully there is a wonderful remedy and separation the Father's care need not be something that is permanent.

The precious Son of God came to the rescue when to the cross He willingly went in the place of lost sinners separated from the love of God by their sin. There He felt all the waves and billows of the wrath of God we deserved.

There He felt keenly the clouds of separation when He suffered, bled and died all alone.

But thanks be to God, the Saviour in whom we need to trust in order to enjoy a relationship with Him now lives in the power of an endless life. There isn't a soul living today that ever needs to live or die separated from God. All that He requires from those for whom Christ died is:

"... Repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ."
Acts 20: 21

Though this is in essence something very simple it is also profound because God is looking for repentance and faith that is sincere, and no one who ever comes to Him with a sincere heart will He ever turn away!

Now I know that the phrase 'blue-sky thinking' is an expression used, (courtesy of Collins English Dictionary), to define 'creative ideas that are not limited by current thinking or beliefs', but it seems to have a perfect place right here in expressing an unclouded frame of mind. What a difference a frame of mind like that makes personally and to the lives of those around us.

Lest we should lose our focus as believers and  become 'puddle glums', it is important to look beyond the clouds as it were and adopt that 'blue-sky' way of thinking. Therefore; let us allow the promised presence of the living Lord Jesus warm our souls. And may the promise of His coming again fill you with joyful anticipation.

Remember, He could very well come - 'Perhaps Today!'



Related Thought from Choice Gleanings Calendar

"Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head."
Psalm 3:2-3

David’s foes were saying there was no hope for him,
but he confronted this notion by declaring that God was his “shield” and the “lifter” of his head.
It is our natural tendency to hang our heads in discouragement during difficult trials.
But David chose to peer heavenward and to wait for deliverance.
The Lord uses pain so that believers may better identify with Him in His sorrow.
Exercising deliberate confidence in the character of God when it seems unreasonable to do so,
delivers our minds from the grip of depression.
W. A. H.


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