Wouldn’t you know it? Having just decided on the name of my project here, Her Father’s Homestead, this morning’s message was based on The Lord’s Prayer, which begins with those words familiar to many, “Our Father…” Affirmation, confirmation, call it what you will. I call it Little Sparkles (scroll down to Part One for definition) It was like a message from my Father telling me He was pleased with the project.
I listened intently to Pastor John, focusing on My Heavenly Father, while allowing the morning’s frustration to melt away and surrounding myself with the warmth of believing that that Little Sparkle was the morning’s gift to me.
No matter what our immediate circumstances, there is always hope. There are those who will call me unrealistic, a Pollyanna, an incurable optimist. I’ve even been called a liar for proclaiming the positive instead of embracing what some had deemed a a terrible prognosis.
But I believe in Little Sparkles and I’ve had more than my share. When faced with a malignant brain tumor in 2006 and the resultant brain surgery, radiation, chemo, and supposed dire prognosis for this condition, I wouldn’t claim it for myself. Now having passed the one-year mark, a milestone for this disease, then the two-year mark, a bigger milestone and now being within four months of the three-year milestone, I’m still receiving Little Sparkles along the way.
Call me what you will, it won’t change the fact that I CHOOSE to see the Sparkles that my Father sends my way rather than dwell on the dull, perhaps ugly “reality” when faced with adversity.
As a political activist having just endured yet another Presidential election, I’m familiar with the concept of “Perception is reality.” Maybe you’ve heard that concept, too, maybe not. But if you are feeling under the weather emotionally, a bit on the less-than-positive side of life, I so encourage you to watch for the Little Sparkles and marvel at them. Perceive them as a little gift and your reality will be enhanced. You may find yourself smiling, breathing a silent, “Thank you, Father,” maybe even doing a little dance around your kitchen. (Those who know me may be grinning at that mental picture 🙂 Enjoy … and bask in the warmth of your Father’s love. till the next time, adieu.