Can You See In the Dark?

I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a man-made world. Helen Keller

I believe that one of the reasons for unhappiness, is that men focus too much on the man-made world. We see all of the bad things that go on around us and we become distressed. Now, there are many bad things that require our attention, to be sure, but they do not require our obsession. 

All too often, we dwell on the negative aspects of this world. Whether it be politics, the economy, or just the state of man in general, we focus on what bad people are doing to the point that it diminishes our joy. That's when it is important to remember Helen Keller's advice.

The reason that Helen Keller could be happy in the dark was because she saw the light. She was blind, but she saw the power and beauty of God in her mind's eye. Isn't it sad that we who have 20-20 vision often fail to see the beauty of God's world that is plainly before us. We are in a dark world, at times - it's true, but we are also in the world created by the Father of Lights. So happiness (or more accurately, joy) comes from that which we choose to focus on. We cannot ignore our responsibility to see and react to evil, but we don't have to become consumed in our every thought by evil men.

I discovered a long time ago that we can either let others control our daily mood, or we can allow God to. If you and I will give a bit more thought to our daily walk with God, we can still see clearly that which we must do to combat evil, while at the same time enjoying the beauty of God's blessings that are ever before us. There is tremendous evil in this man-made world, and that evil will require a certain amount of our attention if we are to leave our children a better world. But, there is a great amount of good in this world that God has made, and it is our greatest asset in overcoming the evil that so often dominates our minds and hearts. 

Which world... will you live in?

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set you hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:1-2, NIV