Blog 1086 – 08.16.2018
Seeing Good In Everything
It is a skill that must be practiced, seeing the good in everything. At almost midnight in the middle of a medical emergency, pacing the waiting room floor at the ER in pain, and trying not to loose it, is not the most ideal time to start practicing, but amid even the most horrid pain I have ever known in my life, I found comfort if only briefly in a mantra that came to me some years ago: “I am so grateful that everything that I could ever want or need is already mine and coming to me at just the right time and in just the right way from my loving and infinite source.”
I often quote from one of my favorite movies, An Unfinished Life. In the movie an aging Robert Redford plays a rancher who’s best friend and partner on the ranch, played by Morgan Freeman, was mauled by a bear a year earlier and needs regular injections just to be able to stand the pain. One morning before giving him his shot Iner, the Redford character asks, “How is the pain?” Mitch, Morgan character, replies, “It gets my full attention.” That was my pain in the middle of the night. It had my full attention and so I was glad angels, the admitting people, doctor, and nurses but also, I think, a heavenly host of angels too were watching over me and taking care of me.
That is the greatest good that I see in every situation no matter how painful or dire – we are not alone in this life, never have been, and never will be. The sweetest promise in the world was whispered to every child about to enter this sphere of activity, this world, and was true long before Jesus ever uttered it, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” That promise, my friends, as TV character Beretta would say, you can take to the bank. That means it is good as gold, as is every good and perfect gift that comes down from above, no matter how it may momentarily appear – it is all good.
Your friend and fellow traveler,