At times we have to stop and realize that what we see now is only a glimpse of the whole picture of life. When you look at a day and see all the different moments, you really are being the many puzzle pieces that make up the beautiful, regal, exceptional picture that will only appear at the end of your life. But until then, seeing the whole picture will be impossible. One of my new favorite quotes appeared in a book that I started reading only a few days ago. It is from C.S. Lewis’s book Out of The Silent Planet. The main character is having a conversation and they end up turning to the topic of why humanity seems to always want more from life and can never be content.
“And how could we endure to live and let time pass if we are always crying for one day or one year to come back, if we did not know that every day in a life fills the whole life with expectation and memory and that these are that day?” -Hyoi to Dr. Ransom
What we get from life is what we make of it. Sometimes the best way to be content is to smile until you convince yourself that you can enjoy life.
My verse for today is another Psalm, because I have found a lot of encouragement through studying small bits of Psalms. I am adding a longer Proverb as well to reflect on.
“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.”
“A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit. A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash. For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.”
God means the best for His children, and that doesn’t just mean that He thinks about helping occasionally. That means He has made a commitment to leading His sons and daughters along the correct path for them. But the way to truly enjoy life comes from both having trials and enjoyment. Without the valleys, we can never truly enjoy the sweetness of the mountain.