Let God shine on all of your cir­cum­stances

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - RELIGION - CATHER­INE GALASSOVIGORITO A New You Email Cather­ine Galasso-Vig­orito at cgv@anewyouworld­wide.com. To or­der a copy of her new book, “The Open Win­dow, 8 Weeks to Cre­at­ing an Ex­tra­or­di­nary Life,” visit www.anewyouworld­wide.com or book­stores na­tion­wide. Like

Are you in a dark place? Are ob­sta­cles on ev­ery side of your path? Then, per­haps, have you be­come so dis­cour­aged, fear­ful or drained emo­tion­ally, that you may be­gin to doubt your­self and lose all hope for a bet­ter to­mor­row.

But you have strug­gled long enough. Don’t draw neg­a­tive con­clu­sions from sit­u­a­tions, or be down on your­self or your fu­ture. For when chal­lenges oc­cur, you have a choice. You can make as­sump­tions and lis­ten to the un­con­struc­tive voice in the back of your head that says, “There is noth­ing that you can do that will make a dif­fer­ence now,” and just give up. Or, you could set your heart and mind to­ward God, be­lieve in your amaz­ing abil­ity to rise above the chal­lenge, and then take con­struc­tive pos­i­tive steps for­ward.

Years ago, I read a book ti­tled, “A Tur­tle on the Fen­ce­post,” by Allen C. Emery. In the story, the au­thor de­scribes a mem­o­rable time in his life when he vis­ited a prairie in Texas.

While there, Emery watched in awe as a shep­herd was tend­ing to thou­sands of his sheep. Then, night came. As they were mak­ing a bon­fire, all of a sud­den, Emery heard coy­otes howl­ing in the dis­tance. Quickly, the shep­herd ran to care for his sheep, as the sheep dogs were not on guard.

As Emery looked in the di­rec­tion of the sheep, he saw thou­sands of tiny, sparkling lights. “I re­al­ized,” he wrote, “that these were re­flec­tions of the fire in the eyes of the sheep.”

Emery con­tin­ued, “In the midst of dan­ger, the sheep were not look­ing out into the dark­ness but were keep­ing their eyes set to­ward the shep­herd.”

Sim­i­larly, when you are con­fronted with a chal­lenge, do not look into the dark­ness. Rather, start the day off grate­ful and keep your eyes set on God. Put your faith, trust and con­fi­dence in Him. That difficulty is not go­ing to plague you any­more. Let God shine on all of your cir­cum­stances. Kind and mer­ci­ful, God will lift your bur­dens and take the un­de­served and un­fair sit­u­a­tions that have oc­curred, and ul­ti­mately, turn them around for your good. There­fore, do what you can and trust that God will step in and do the rest.

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall re­new their strength; they shall mount up with wings as ea­gles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.” (Isa­iah 40:31)

In the Bi­ble, it tells about a five-year-old boy named, Mephi­bosheth (2 Sa­muel 4:4). Born into roy­alty, the boy had a bright, abun­dant, blessed fu­ture. How­ever, in a rag­ing bat­tle against the Philistines, Mephi­bosheth’s fa­ther Jonathan, and his grand­fa­ther King Saul died on the battlefield.

Upon hear­ing the news, Mephi­bosheth’s nurse be­came fear­ful. The nurse thought the Philistines might seek to take the life of the young boy. So the nurse quickly picked up lit­tle Mephi­bosheth into her arms. She be­gan to flee, look­ing for a safe hiding place for them.

Yet, in her anx­ious ef­fort and des­per­a­tion, while she was run­ning, she dropped the boy. Mephi­bosheth fell to the ground. He was badly in­jured, and his an­kles were crushed. Through no fault of his own Mephi­bosheth was dropped. He didn’t do any­thing wrong. It wasn’t fair. It was not his mis­take. But Mephi­bosheth be­came crip­pled, never to walk again. (2 Sa­muel 9:113)

Years passed, and Mephi­bosheth grew up in poverty in a very poor city. He was ba­si­cally alone, in a des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion, and miss­ing out on the best that life had to of­fer. Then, one day, out of the blue, King David in­quired, “Is there any­one left alive from the house of Saul?” Ziba, who was a ser­vant of the house of Saul, said to King David, “Jonathan’s son Mephi­bosheth is still liv­ing.” (2 Sa­muel 9:1)

So King David told his soldiers to go into the city and find Mephi­bosheth. They found him and car­ried him back to the palace. Ter­ri­fied and, per­haps, not know­ing what would hap­pen to him next, Mephi­bosheth was placed in front of King David.

David com­forted, “Don’t be afraid!” Next, David said to Mephi­bosheth. “I in­tend to show kind­ness to you be­cause of my prom­ise to your fa­ther, Jonathan. I will give you all the prop­erty that once be­longed to your grand­fa­ther, Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s ta­ble!” (2 Sa­muel 9:3-7)

God’s light shined on the sit­u­a­tion, for King David was gra­cious to Mephi­bosheth and made him a part of the royal fam­ily. In ab­so­lute awe and won­der, Mephi­bosheth was given a new iden­tity, a new po­si­tion, and a new free­dom.

David re­stored to him the land of his grand­fa­ther and gave him an open, kind in­vi­ta­tion to dine with him at the King’s ta­ble, for­ever chang­ing him and his sur­round­ings.

Today, re­gard­less of what you face, ask your all-lov­ing, all-know­ing heav­enly Fa­ther to help you. Right now, He is act­ing might­ily on your be­half. God is go­ing to bring your hopes, dreams and goals to pass. Thus, lift up your hands in praise to Him. Be a bless­ing to oth­ers. Live with a pos­i­tive frame of mind and let the light of God shine upon you.

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