“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.”
Can you guess who said that? It’s a proclamation that kind of puts me to shame. After all, if Helen Keller could be content, can’t we all? I can’t imagine living in a world of darkness OR silence…much less both. Yet, she was not only content, but found wonder in her situation. Amazing!
What jumps out at me in her statement is that she learned to be content. I don’t think it’s natural to feel that way. But, we can learn! And I’m not just talking about being content with the things we have, but with our circumstances in life, too. We’ll never have every situation just the way we want it, but we can learn to be happy wherever we are, with whatever we have.
Ms. Keller’s surprising assertion reminds me of another declaration I need to remember, this one from Philippians 4:11-13.
“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Are you content today? Let’s work on it together!
I handed my three-year-old sweetie a plastic piece of corn-on-the-cob I’d found on the floor, and said, “Here, Remi, go put this where it belongs.” Later in the day I opened the fridge—the real fridge, with the real food in it—and found this sweet scene: