Articles by Stan Dean

Keeping Perspective

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Recently I drove through Atlanta and passed by the Six Flags Over Georgia theme park. I was reminded of a beautiful day some years ago when we took our kids there. It was perfect for such an outing. The crowd was not that large which made it easy to get around and short lines for the rides. But as afternoon came around the weather hit a little glitch.


All the sudden some dark clouds rolled in and within a couple of minutes some huge raindrops started falling from the sky. As you might imagine everyone started scrambling for what little shelter was available. There were laughs and screams as the rain came down harder and people ran here and there. It was at this point that one particular family caught my eye.


The looks on their faces told it all. Dad’s had a scowl that said, “We spent all this money to come here and now the weather is going to ruin it all!” The mom mumbled, “All I have heard all week is, ‘When is it going to be time to go to Six Flags,’ so why did it have to rain today of all days?” It was obvious that they had thrown in the towel and were ready to go home and call it a disaster. However, there was another face in the family that told quite a different story. Their son (I presume) who looked to be about five or six years old was playing out in front of them. He was as happy as could be while looking skyward and letting the raindrops hit him in the face. Then, I heard him say excitedly, “Yea, we get to play in the rain!”


I suppose we all have a tendency to think that when life’s rain alters our plans that it is automatically a bad day. Yet, let us not forget that rain is a good thing! What we must learn to do is keep it in perspective. The apostle Paul made a beautiful statement in Philippians 4:11 that is pertinent to this thought, “I have learned in whatever state I am to be content.”


By the way, the rain was soon gone at Six Flags and the day was left even more beautiful than before. Regardless of what a day may bring, may our faces read like that of the little boy and the Psalmist with the words, “This is the day the Lord has made; we rejoice and be glad in it” (Psa. 118:24).

 


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