«For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with understanding» (Psalm 47:7)
ONE WARM MORNING, like any other morning in the province la, Costa Rica, I was getting ready to write this reflection that you reading, with a clear idea of the topic. I wanted to write
Suddenly, there went through my mind the fact that this is a delicate topic, I said to myself, «Patricia, before you write about praise, you need your life in a real and deep way.» For that reason, I decided to stop several days to dedicate time to reflecting exclusively about praise. best thing I could have done.
I spent the first morning singing to the Lord and praying with a deep sense of gratitude. When the afternoon arrived, I had to interrupt that wonderful moment to go get my daughter at school. Big, dark storm clouds were visible in the sky, threatening a torrential and typical Alajuela downpour. I went out running anyway to get my daughter, and in my hurry, I twisted my ankle and fell down. I felt quite a sharp pain, but did not want to stop on my dash. In that whole process, I was conscious that there was a smile from ear to ear on my face. It was as if I were observing my own «mishap» from the spirit of praise and thanks that had been with me in the morning.
When I got to the car, I discovered that I did not have the key—I it when I fell. My mother was waiting for me in the car, so I could get in, but I could not start the car. I had to go back to the house to look for the spare key and get soaked in the downpour. Nevertheless, I sang along the way. When I got to my house, I could not find the spare key, so then I sang with more enthusiasm until I found it. The most important thing I noticed that afternoon is that nothing frustrated me. My ankle hurt, my knees were aching from the fall, I was soaked and freezing, but I felt happy and was praising and thanking the Lord. Praise produced incredible results in me in the face of disappointments of that day.
Life has in store for us days and atmospheres of sadness. Jesus also them, and we read the following about Him: «When the atmosphere Him was heavy with gloom, with dissatisfaction, distrust, or oppressive was heard His song of faith» (White, Education, ch. 17, p. 166). May it be in your life as well.