So are there any other Bob Ross fans out there? He’s the painting guy who always talks about putting in “happy little trees and clouds,” etc. in your artwork. Well, I couldn’t sleep this morning and so turned on MPT and found that his show was just starting. So I watched him transform an empty canvas into a beautiful masterpiece in 30 minutes…Absolutely amazing. Our minds are like that empty canvas, waiting to be painted. The first thoughts that pop up in our heads in the morning can really set the tone for the day. I have to fill my mind quickly with “the right stuff,” or I can begin thinking off-kilter, and have trouble reclaiming my thoughts. My husband, Bruce, and I were talking about some troubling things the other day, and he said, “I just can’t talk about these things anymore. Let’s just pray about them, because there is very little we can do about them ourselves.” He’s so right, so very right. I have a favorite passage from Psalms,
7 Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
9 For evildoers will be cut off,
But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
I have not been following the wisdom of these trusted words lately. Dearest Lord, forgive me, and recapture my mind this day with Your Word. Travel with me as I take back lost ground, unknowingly surrendered to a lurking enemy.
7 Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. You know best, Dearest King, teach me to rest in You and trust you with all these tiny irritants and discomforts. Like the sand inside a shell, use them to make me into a pearl.
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing. Time and time again, I fail in this area. I hate not having some sense of control over a situation. But God has allowed many difficult things to happen in my life, things there was no way to control. Surrender, trust, yielding and resting have been His way of escape for me. I realize now, that fretting is the opposite of trusting. According to the above verse, if I want to be guaranteed to do the wrong thing in a situation, I just need to fret, and I will certainly do the wrong things almost every time. I need to hang the right décor on the walls of my mind each day. I need to paint the truth of God’s Word on that empty canvas when I wake up in the morning.
Lord and Father God, paint my mind beautiful with Your truth this morning. Reframe my life, so that always see it from Your Perfect Perspective. You are good, You are God, You are always right in all you allow in our live. You are my way of escape when I am tempted to fret. I love You God, I need You God. Bring me close to You, so I can know You better. Allow me to pour out Your encouragement on each person I encounter each day.
In Jesus Holy Name. Amen