Anna asked me when we are going on an airplane ride again. The question came from out of nowhere and her reason for asking was fascinating. “I want to go on an airplane because I get a lollipop when my ears hurt,” she said, matter-of-factly.
Isn’t that a fascinating statement from a 6-year-old? Maybe you’re thinking, “No it’s not.” But look at that statement again.
It’s the opposite of what I would have thought in my mind. See if you are tracking more with me or my daughter.
I would have thought, “My ears hurt when I am up in a plane! No way am I looking forward to experiencing THAT again!”
But she saw the same scenario and chose to be hopeful for the positive part of it, rather than helpless in the negative.
Oh, if we could do that in life. How I long to look at a situation and see the positive, so much so, that I don’t even think about the negative.
Doesn’t Paul come to a similar conclusion?
“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13)
Anna was willing to experience ear pain if it meant she would get a lollipop. Are we willing to experience earthly pain, with the assurance of the Holy Spirit living in us and by our side? Or do we flee the thought of pain for comfort and control?
This goes right along with our “Spiritual Workout” theme for the month of October here at TV-44, “Dying to self.”
It’s something I am working on, so that I can rely on God more, no matter what circumstances I find myself in.