The TV channel I often turn to find peace, calm and a spiritual uplift has for its motto “See the good in the world today.” What an interesting challenge that is every time I turn to this station.
Their motto has had a powerful impact on me and how I view the world. Each morning I say to myself, “See the good in the world today.” I follow this with, “Dear Lord, help me be a part of the good in the world today.”
Then I push back the curtains and see the handiwork of God in motion as I watch a wide variety of birds feeding on our bird-feeders, with the squirrels and chipmunks scouring the ground beneath the feeders hoping the birds will spill more seeds out of the feeders for them to feed on.
Then when I raise my eyes and look beyond the feeders I see more of God’s handiwork. The azaleas are still in bloom, as are the flowers in Joan’s beautiful flower garden, a sure testimony to me of God’s hand in the creation of all that is beautiful in the world that surrounds each of us, if we only look to see it, and desire to become a part of that beauty.
As I view these scenes daily, I not only see the beauty and good in the world but I see order: order created out of chaos, order created with purpose, a purpose that is left for mankind to find for themselves amidst the gloom and doom being reported by the media.
Recently, while reading the Tribune, I read a short article that caused me to see God’s handiwork working in the lives of millions of people worldwide. The story circulated by the Associated Press reported that more than 100,000 million people have downloaded to their iPhones and tablets a Bible app.
This seemingly insignificant story intrigued me because I am one of those millions who have downloaded to my tablet a Bible app, the “LDS Gospel Library app.” Not as technologically savvy as my children and grandchildren, I needed help to download this app. But once downloaded, I took to it like a duck takes to water.
I absolutely love it. Not only can I read my scriptures in a print size that I can read without glasses but I can carry my scriptures with me to the doctor’s office and not waste time just sitting. I can either study the scriptures or I can study my next week’s Sunday School lesson; or I can read and ponder the institute and seminary manuals regarding both Old and New Testament lessons; or I can either read, listen to, or watch and listen to conference talks dating back to 1970 by those spiritual leaders that then and now influence my spiritual growth so greatly.
But this app is more, much more. It has a feature that allows me to cross reference the scripture I am reading with all other scriptures, the Bible dictionary, topical guide, and other church manuals without leaving the page I’m reading. It’s wonderful.
This feature allows me to, for instance, look for patterns of governing in the scriptures that might show a pattern on what America can expect if it removes God’s principles of freedom from its government. Students of the Old Testament are familiar with how both Israel and Judah were eventually scattered because, as the scriptures declare often, their leaders “did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.”
As I read these words of warning, and then see the fulfillment of ancient prophesies; or of how the Lord came to the rescue of those kings that “did that which was right in the sight of the Lord,” as did Hezekiah (2 Kings 18), I often wonder if America, a nation raised up by God as a beacon of freedom to the world, is being watched from above, not by the NSA but by God, and is subject to similar fates that scattered ancient Israel and Judah.
Yes, seeing the good in the world includes seeing how the Lord has again provided mankind new means to ponder both his love — and judgments.
Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.