Do you have a sweet spot? A place where you experience life to the fullest? A place where all is good and right and wonderful in your world?
Just in case you’re wondering, I’m talking about a state of mind–not an actual, physical place. A state of mind where you find contentment regardless of your external circumstances. A state of mind where, even though some pretty awful things are going on in your life, you can experience a peace that surpasses any human understanding.
A smidgeon of that awful touched our family’s world in the last part of 2015 and the first part of 2016. My 83-year-old mother-in-law, who was the picture of health and vitality all of her life, didn’t do well for several days after her quadruple bypass surgery. In fact, she was in the hospital 34 days.
She was very weak and struggled to breathe deeply, due to extra fluid around her lungs and her entire body. It was difficult to see her in such a vulnerable state. My sister-in-law and I took turns sitting with her while she was in the critical care unit. Also during that time, another family member received tragic news.
To say that our family was running low on resources would have been an understatement. We were dog-tired. (That’s Texan for “physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted.”)
In addition to being worn out, I began dealing with health issues. That was frustrating (to say the least) because I wanted to be helping with my mother-in-law. But then I remembered something. Something that helped my state of mind tremendously.
I was reminded that I had everything I needed because the Spirit of Christ lives in me 24/7 and promises never to leave (2 Peter 1:3; Hebrews 13:5). He is my strength, my refuge–my Everything. He has proven to be my Oasis in the midst of every scorching desert experience of my life.
Not only was I reminded of my provision in Christ, I began saying out loud, Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. If God is for me, then who can be against me? (See 1 John 4:4; Philippians 4:13; Romans 8:31).
I can’t really explain it, but something amazing happens when we not only think about what is true, but we vocalize it. When life on planet earth goes sour, through Christ, we can speak eternal truth to it. We can experience our sweet spot–a state of contentment and peace–because our Sweet Savior lives in us continually and nothing escapes His attention.
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- What “sour” externals are you currently experiencing, and how are you responding?
- If your circumstances are pretty sweet right now, what sour externals have you experienced in the past and how did you respond?
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