Looking out my window today I’m watching rain come down. The weather forecast called for possible snow and ice, but in the end, all we saw was rain. I’ve found Facebook chatter quite interesting over the past couple weeks as people complain about the weather wondering where spring is. However, we do need to remember it is just April and this month is that crossover month when it comes to weather. In the end we can always remember the old saying “April showers bring May flowers”. Soon long forgotten perennials will start sprouting in the garden and thoughts will also turn to planting new flowers and even vegetable gardens. I have to admit that does not happen around the Jeffrey household as my thumb tends to be brown not green. I’m one of the few people in the world who can kill a plastic plant.
I do like this time of year. It reminds me of life cycles as the hibernation of winter makes way for new and renewed life. That which is brown will soon turn green and gardens will be filled with a rainbow of colors. What once looked dead will spring back to life. With the arrival of spring I recently changed my morning alarm song. Now when it’s time for me to get out of bed the song “It’s A New Season” fills the room. It’s a great way to start the day and a fantastic reminder of the goodness that lays before me. The opening words I wake up to every morning declare “It’s a new season, it’s a new day. A fresh anointing is flowing my way. It’s a season of power and prosperity, it’s a new season coming to me”.
Norman Vincent Peale told us years ago about the power of positive thinking with such famous quotes as; “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful”; “Change your thoughts and change your world”; “Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have” and “Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are”.
God plans to do something new and exciting with each day of our life. Attitude really does make a difference. If you enter the day feeling defeated or victimized, that is exactly how the day will turn out. But when we approach each day with a sense of anticipation and expectation for what new things the day holds, we rise with a song on our lips declaring “It’s a new season and it’s a new day and incredible things are coming my way!” God is always up to something new. Through the Prophet Isaiah God promises new things when He declares, “See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:19).
Now I’m not saying we should ignore life’s battles or bad situations. However, when we approach such things with a positive attitude holding onto the promise that it is a new day and that God is making “a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” we will not only find encouragement, but we will also move forward with an attitude of hope, purpose and destiny. I leave you this week with one of my favorite Norman Vincent Peale quotes; “Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe”.
Looking Out My Window is a regular column in the Northumberland Today newspaper located in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.