Do you remember the character from the Charlie Brown series that was called “Pig Pen”? He seemed to have somewhat of a smile on his face and smudges of dirt all over his clothes and face. He also had a cloud of dust that was surrounding his legs and feet.
Isn’t that a perfect example of how we all feel right now? The smudges are all of our “normal” pressures that go with living this life on planet earth. Everyone is going through some kind of issues. We have illnesses with loved ones, know of friends and family with no jobs, cancer, divorces, family pressures…the list goes on.
Those are the smudges all over us.
Then add the worldwide pandemic and unrest, the national issues on top of all of that…
That cloud of dust that follows Pig Pen around is there with all of us.
The Father has been leading me to several passages of scripture lately. And basically they all say….”Keep your eyes off the smudges, because if you rub them they just get worse, they won’t always go away. Keep your eyes on the Father and the source of those battles, they are not what you think.”
Colossians 3:2-4 (AMP)
Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. For you died [to this world], and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, [a]appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory
Ephesians 6:12-15 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but
against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. So stand firm and hold your ground, having [a]tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), and having [b]strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news].”
I think the cloud and smudges are not going any where honestly. So we have a choice…where does our focus need to be? I know that I need that reminder over and over.
May you be encouraged with that reminder today.