Happy November! … Happy Veterans Day! … Happy Thanksgiving!
“God’s in His heaven — All’s right with the world!”
Have you ever heard that line from Robert Browning? Do you agree? Whenever I see rays of sunlight streaming through the clouds, I am reminded of that phrase. But I know some people wouldn’t agree with it. There are many things wrong with the world, after all. But God is still God, and He is still good. He is still on His throne, and even though the world is in chaos around us, we still have God’s Spirit living within us. This means that at least we can be at peace if we relax and follow God’s direction.
E.E. Cummings also wrote a poem that has one of my favorite lines: “I thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes.” In this verse, the poet is thanking God for the beauty of nature, particularly the trees and sky, but also for everything that is positive — just like Philippians 4:8 tells us to think on whatever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and good.
Both of the poems have similar themes, suggesting that we should open our eyes and widen our view. Nothing that we do here on earth changes the grand scheme of things. The sun still shines by day giving beautiful color to flowers, sky and sunsets. The moon and stars still fill the night with wonder, reminding us of God’s infinite power. A broader, more long-term view is needed to understand that God has all the time in the universe to unfold his plan, which is far beyond the comprehension of man.
Let us have a firm faith in God and His justice.