“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
What if you could find one thing that made everything in life sweet? No matter what happened, you could magically transform each disappointment, each sad event, every heartache into an experience that you could savor instead. Think about it. You could look at each source of sadness in a new light! You would say, “This comes to teach me something. I can get past this ache in my heart because I know a way to make this sweet!” Wouldn’t life be so very different for us all? Just imagine. Think about all the old sayings such as “A frown is just a smile turned upside down”, or “Every cloud has a silver lining”. Those wouldn’t just be old cliches that make us groan and roll our eyes, dismissing the sentiment as trite and useless when real trouble comes. If we had this special thing to make everything sweet we’d smile and nod, “Yeah, I’m going through something bad but there is something to be gained from this after all.” Sounds silly at first glance. But really all this says is that our attitude makes a big difference in how we deal with, even survive, troubled times. Not that we don’t hurt, shed tears or feel disappointment. Not that we plaster on a fake smile and pretend bad things are actually good things. Rather what this says is we keep faith, pray and look at the world through a filter of hope.
I love this holiday season. We celebrate the tradition of giving thanks in November. No matter what happened earlier in the year, millions stop to say “Thank you, Lord”. In December we celebrate the birth of hope in Jesus Christ. Even those who don’t believe or have a different faith are affected by the atmosphere of love, generosity and kindness. So I guess if we think about it enough we’ll realize we do have things to make everything seem sweet eventually. Or at least our burdens will seem bearable. Hope!
There is a berry that grows in Africa that has a strange property- after it is eaten even the most sour, bitter foods taste sweet for up to an hour after. No really, I’m not making this up!