I’ve been pondering this verse since the end of August, when I was first hospitalized with sepsis because of a kidney infection.
The phrase “a good report” really stuck out to me. In our world, there are very few good reports at the moment, from politics and the news, to returning from the store without what I was wanting to purchase because it’s not in stock, to dear friends dying from Covid. It’s not been a “good report” kind of year!
But I’m not helping. I find myself wanting to talk to friends or my husband and kids about BAD news I heard. It almost becomes a contest to see how sensational I can be. “Did you hear what Biden said today?” 🥺
And then this verse, this phrase, started wandering around in my mind. I was quite sick, with kidney stones to boot. Even now, months later, I’m feeling better, yes and no, because I got a nasty infection that doesn’t want to completely go away. And when I try to get back on task and go about a normal (busy) life, it comes back.
So how do I give a good report, in a world where there’s honestly a lot of bad? I’m trying to learn to direct my thoughts to my Creator and His lovely world. The kittens next to me on the couch, who are good and lovely, made by YHVH with incredible design and even humor, as I note from their daily antics. 🐈🐈⬛
So this is where I’m at, what I’m thinking about. Life isn’t perfect… but outside my window, the leaves still fall… frost still glitters… birds still sing.
How am I? I’m alive! He must still have jobs for me. I’m so humbled by that. He’s a designer, working a masterpiece in my life. I wonder what color thread He’ll weave into my life’s tapestry today? If I’m going to praise Him, I need to give good reports about His handiwork… 🍂🍁
Can we all make a decision to have a “good report” kind of day? 😊
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