My husband brought home Girl Scout Cookies today.
After 9/11, the first positive news story to break was that Girl Scout Cookies were being sold outside an Eastside store. It was in February. I know because I was doing executive summaries of local news at the time.
I don’t know if you’ve been watching the news much lately, but there has been a lot of negative stuff. When we get negative news, it tends to breed more negative news. We gravitate toward the negative. Someone recently said to me “I kind of like getting all depressed and down.” It feeds our flesh – like sugar.
If you eat too much sugar and bready products, pretty soon yeast will be growing in your stomach. Add an antibiotic or some other trigger, and it takes on a life of it’s own. Without you even realizing it, you are craving sugar and bready, yeasty foods – the very thing that will make you even more unhealthy. The only fix for this is to stop eating what you crave and to eat yeast killers as well, like acidophilus.
Philippians is a book dedicated to living in adversity and rising above – the key? For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (1:21) How do we get to this point? Paul gives the Philippians this direction: “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (4:8)
I was convicted this morning that it is easy during difficult times to keep talking and thinking about our fears and concerns. Now is the time to deny our cravings and do what we know to do – speak words of life into our situations.
God is great and mighty. He is our deliverer. He knows the end even before the beginning. He walked the Children of Israel out of an impossible enslavement. He knows what it will take to deliver you and me. He helped Daniel, Esther, and Joseph turn impossible situations into opportunities for greatness. He will do the same for us. Every crisis is an opportunity for faith. We will stand and see the Lord’s deliverance.