Pessimistically Challenged

That is what I have been described over the years. I'm a "glass half full" type of guy.

However, last week - life was bleak and dark. Not sure why. Too full of days with no think time? Too many counseling appointments or counseling requests? Not enough sleep? Dissappointed in hearing of Christians shooting their wounded? Not enough exercise?

Regardless, I was bummed.

Through an event and discussions and scripture reading - I was encouraged.

The event was spending the week scampering onto my roof or running into the street at twilight to watch the International Space Station and the Shuttle glide across the sky. I don't know, there was something mesmerizing about watching that multi billion dollar project containing 13 people look so tiny in the sky. I realized over the week that God is big, hugemongous and is not contained by anything. Everything is in Him. I knew that, but it was still hard to feel it. But I was beginning to.

Later in the week, I went on a walk with my wife and was able to think outloud on how I was feeling about life. It is always good for me to think outloud and get feedback from my soul mate. I also was able to share with the men's group on Friday how I was feeling - they encouraged me as only guys can with their teasing, humor and pat on the back. I was feeling better.

Then, Friday I read, meditated and journaled on:

Psalm 8.3 "When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?"
Psalm 42.5-6 "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God."

Realizing that God is mindful of me and that my hope is in God touched my soul. Thankfully I had people to talk to about it and let God speak to my soul through His Word.

Do you have community and deep friendships to share life together?
Do you go to the Bible for comfort and encouragement?

On the journey,
Steve Walters
CCC-Sarpy Campus Pastor