One day last week, I sat in my office with my attitude somewhat matching the day:  overcast, dreary, grey.  Suddenly, I heard laughter outside my window. Looking out, I saw three young boys running down the sidewalk, splashing in the puddles, and thoroughly enjoying the raindrops.  I felt my attitude lifting as I smiled at them.  They were determined not to let the environment affect their attitude.

I was reminded of the verse from Nehemiah that says, “the joy of the Lord is my strength” (8:10).  I fully believe that the enemy is active and at work in the world and in our lives, even (or perhaps especially in) the lives of believers.  Satan wants us to be distracted by the dreariness of the day, by the busyness of our schedules, by the ringing of our cell phones, and dinging notifications of emails.  From the moment we get up in the morning, he is trying to frustrate us, distract us, overwhelm us, redirect us.

The choice is ours. Do we want to live in the negative, or in the joy? I vote joy. I choose to listen to the still, small, voice of God. I elect to find laughter in rain, peace in solitude, and peace in the Holy Spirit.

So the next time the worries of your environment get you down, remember who created the rain, and that God indeed still reigns, no matter what the situation.

Dear God,

Even when I lose sight of you, I know that your sights are still on me. Fill my day with wisdom to make the right choices, open my eyes that I may see you at work in all things,  give me a desire to open my heart to your work in the world, and grace to  fill my actions. Amen.