There are many products out there these days that promise to make your smile a stellar one. Whitening agents, mouthwash, toothpaste, etc. all promise to make your smile perfect.
When I first met a longtime friend, I noticed joy oozed from her. She never complained and always spoke positively. To talk to her one would think life always went her way and she knew nothing about sadness. Nothing could be further from the truth. She weathered many things in her life most of us never will and yet, her eyes were bright and it was easy to tell her smile was straight from her heart. I’m sure she had that effect on every person she met.
I’ve had a tumultuous year. The loss of income, friends, and all the hurts that accompany those kinds of things took their toll. There were times I didn’t want to get out of bed because I couldn’t see the point. Each and every day, many times a day, I would tell God my living through the day was solely contingent upon Him. I’d ask Him for the strength, physically and emotionally, to do what needed to be done. Fearful and discouraged, I didn’t even want to try because it seemed like no matter what I did nothing was getting any better. I just wanted to sleep until I died.
Yet every day I would find myself where I needed to be doing what I needed to do and smiling like nothing was wrong. I would hear myself speak positively to others encouraging them in their troubles telling them to just keep praying and believing God to get them through…even when I had doubts He would do the same for me.
Many times, even now, people tell me how I have encouraged them and made a difference in their day. They compliment my real smile and kindness, and they thank me. When they do, I’m amazed and it brings tears to my eyes. I think, “if they only knew…”
That, my friends, is Supernatural and all the credit goes to God. The ability to smile…and certainly to trust Him and believe…ONLY is possible through Him.
You know what I’m talking about. I know some of your struggles and things you have been through and I find it miraculous that you, too, smile a real and beautiful smile. I marvel at the fact you encourage others and believe what you’re saying to someone else. You are a miracle.
Think about it. We should be bitter, angry and resentful. We’ve been betrayed and abandoned. Perhaps life has taken from you cherished people, things and possessions and yet, there you are, a beacon of light in other’s darkness.
Don’t believe God works miracles anymore? Go look in the mirror. Smile that smile you find so easy to flash to others. There it is. There’s the miracle. It’s supernatural that you smile a REAL smile and mean it. The fact you go through your day content and peaceful is a miracle.
If you suffering with bitterness and/or depression, tell God. Talk to Him about you feel. Ask Him not to let it happen. Believe He can and will heal you if you choose to be healed. Just like Jesus asked the crippled man, “do you want to be well?” (John 5:6) He asks you the same question.
Life is hard and sometimes extremely unfair. There’s a force IN you that longs to give you the abundant life. Sometimes, more often than not, the “abundant life” has nothing to do with material things. That force is the One who allows you to smile your Supernatural smile when the world crumbles around you. It’s the One that allows you to sleep peacefully at night when you don’t know you can survive what’s coming in the morning. He’s the One who makes it possible to believe when there’s no physical reason to.
Don’t be afraid or ashamed to tell people what you’re suffering through, and don’t be afraid to believe God is still in the miracle business. YOU, my friend, are the evidence that nothing is impossible. Smile that Supernatural smile and tell them why your smile is so real. That’s why you’ve been through what you have, to help others believe He makes it possible to be peaceful and real in a world that’s not.
“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37