I have recently come off of a couple of bad weeks. Nothing in particular....and everything in general. I have been fighting somewhat of a negative attitude; a foreign intruder in my usually peaceful world.
Last Saturday I had to go into the school to clean. The last thing I wanted to do on a weekend was drag my body out into the coldest day we'd had all month and spend my afternoon with a dustmop and a bottle of Terminator! On my way out the door, I grabbed my old cassette player and a couple of tapes from my days singing in the church choir in our hometown.
Earphones positioned just so, I set about the task of scrubbing and sweeping. I was in the middle of the mundane when a favorite song from my past began playing, "Let Me Have the Mind of Christ." Suddenly, it was as if a switch had been turned on from deep inside. The music I had sung at a very trying time in my life came back with full force, striking a chord that had lain covered in dust and sleeping within me. With tears filling my eyes, I was overcome with an indescribable feeling of joy. The negative melted away and I felt loved, whole, new.
God is on our side and is ever present. Often we find Him at unexpected times and in unexpected places. Dark times will come, clouding our view, distracting us, taunting us. But when they blow away - as they always do - we find that His light was there all along; simply and patiently waiting for our hearts to awaken...and see it once again.