Recently, I was reading a book with my almost 3-year-old before tucking her into bed. As it turns out, the book that was written for a young child, was speaking loudly to me. The book is titled “Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses” written by Kimberly and James Dean. The basic premise of the book is that Pete the Cat is having a rough day and is feeling down and runs into a friend who lends him his sunglasses with the promise that those glasses are magic and will “help him (Pete) see things in a whole new way.” Sure enough, Pete puts on the sunglasses and instantly sees the good in the world around him. He then runs into several of his friends who are also having “off” days and the magic sunglasses helps each of his friends find the good around them as well. Of course, the book ends with the sunglasses breaking and Pete realizing he can see the good in every day without the magic glasses.
As I was reading this book I thought, “Man, this is some deep stuff for a 3-year-old.” But also, what a great lesson to learn at such a young age. When I’m having a bad day, I tend to see the negative in everything around me, rather than being able to see the good. It’s so hard to see the good when you aren’t feeling your best. As much as I would love for there to be magic sunglasses to help me see the good in every day, they just don’t exist ... that I know of! But what does exist are God’s promises. It’s kind of interesting to think that if we truly believe in what God promises us, we basically have our own pair of magic sunglasses.
Think about it, how can we not see the good in each and every day when God promises us eternal life? How can we not see the good in each and every day when we know that at the end of this, we get to experience life with the God who created us? Those facts should give us reason to see the good even when our days are not so good.
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
I don’t know about you, but next time I am only seeing the negative around me, I plan to fix my eyes and heart on this verse. In this verse, I have my very own pair of magic sunglasses that, if I really trust what is being said here, can help me see the good in each and every day.
Katie Duke is the TrueKidz Production Director at TrueNorth Church. Visit truenorthchurch.com for more information.