Eyes Wide Open

Several years ago my grandpa took David and I up in his small, single engine airplane. As we soared over the Savannah area and along the coastline of Georgia and South Carolina, he was calling out landmarks and pointing to places of beauty for us to look at and enjoy. David loved every minute of it, my grandpa loved every minute of it; while I seemed to be the only one to notice we were experiencing not just a little turbulence. With each dip and sway of the plane, and each drop in altitude, fear would grip my heart, and I was terrified that we were going to crash. I spent most of the time with my eyes closed, completely missing out on the joy of the moment and of the beauty that surrounded me.

For many of us, if we are not mindful of it, we can go through our days like that – focused on our fears, the turbulence around us, the storms of life; on all the possible what–if scenarios: what if I don’t reach my dreams, what if I get sick, what is I lose my job…. And, when we live like that, we miss out on the joy and peace we have access to at every moment, that give us the ability to enjoy the journey regardless of what life throws our way.  

 God wants us to live with peace and joy. Isaiah 26:3 says, you keep him in perfect peace him whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. 

No matter what you are facing … I hope you won’t allow it to keep you from enjoying the blessings God has placed in your life and the beauty he’s surrounded you with. Place your concerns in His capable hands, trust him to work all things out for good,  to protect you along the way and bring you peace. For, we serve a mighty God!

Copyright © 2011 by Amy O’Donnell. All Rights Reserved.

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