The other day my family was driving to the beach listening to C.S. Lewis' Prince Caspian. I love this series because Lewis has written such Truth into his books. We were listening to the part where Lucy has to convince her siblings to follow her lead. Her siblings were not being kind to Lucy particularly her older sister Susan.
"So at last they got on the move. Lucy went first, biting her lip and trying not to say all the things she thought of saying to Susan. But she forgot them when she fixed her eyes on Aslan."
I was struck by how profound that Truth was. For those of you who have not read The Chronicles of Narnia (Stop reading this and go check out this series right now!!), Aslan represents Jesus in this series. We can be in the midst of a disagreeable situation, focused on the negative of it , biting our tongue, but when we shift our focus to Jesus, he can help us forget the yuckiness.
The Holy Spirit convicted my heart as I heard that Truth. Biting my tongue and seeking God can be very hard for me to do in the moment. All too often I fail, and then unTruths are spoken, trust is broken, and I am left with a mess I can't clean up on my own. Picking up the pieces - healing that broken relationship - can only happen when I seek forgiveness. When I choose to fix my eyes on Jesus, I find I am able to see the situation through His lens. I am able to see the other person's value and the Truth of their heart. I am able to see my own value and my own heart. I am able to process the situation in Truth.
The Bible tells us we’ll do best by filling our minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Only when I am focused on these Truths can God work me into his most excellent harmonies with Himself and the people in my life.
April is known as the "Baby Whisperer" because she is ALWAYS holding somebody's little one. She loves babies, but more than that, she finds God in caring for others. Not so long ago, it was she who needed the gift of another's arms to hold a tiny one that she might find rest, and now she loves to give that gift to other new moms. April also finds Him through fellowship with others. Talking about God, reading his Word, and praying with others helps her to experience Him more fully. Walking through this life with God and the people He has surrounded her with makes all the difference in the world.