Tony Campolo tells the story of two young twin brothers, one an optimist and the other a pessimist. Their parents decided that they both needed to learn a lesson so, for their birthday, they gave the pessimist everything he had always wanted. Needless to say he couldn’t enjoy his gifts as he managed to find something that would go wrong and spoil things. The optimist, however, was given a large box filled with horse dung. His parents were baffled by his joy as he cried out, “Where’s the pony? With all this poo, there must be a pony somewhere!”
How often are we robbed of joy and thankfulness by our pessimism masquerading as realism? I loved the stories that Davina & Emma shared with us last Sunday of how God answered prayer: the person who was blind in one eye, healed, the young person who lost a mobile phone, which was found when they prayed. In both cases God was glorified and lives were touched. I was tempted to ask why don’t we see more of the supernatural in our every day lives? At that point, I felt the conviction of the Spirit, a conviction not to focus on what we don’t see happening, but rather to be thankful for what we do see. Thankful for the lives that are touched, for the prayers that are answered and for the things that God is going to do in and through this church.
We are encouraged in Philippians 4:6,7 ’Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.’