There have been times in my life when I wanted to say to someone—cheer up!

When the weather man predicted snow for the next five days, and I couldn’t pull the ends of the power cord apart so I can use my small snow blower- I needed to cheer up! Because someone would eventually do it for me.

Then, when it snowed and the driveway covered with the white stuff immediately after I cleared it, I needed to say Cheer Up!

Mom’s ear bled and required a trip to the ER. We were there the usual long time and I hated the interruption from my normal routine. Later, I confessed to the Lord that I was sorry for grumbling. I just needed to Cheer up! After all, maybe the whole trip was so I could give a tract to a lady with a new baby!

Difficulties can obscure the blessings that surround me. It happened to the Lord’s disciples who were closest to Him, so I know I am susceptible.

When our Lord walked on water and came near the ship his disciples were in, they were terrified. Jesus spoke to them in Mark 6:50 “Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.” In other words, cheer up! I am here with you, so you don’t have any reason to be afraid.

When He entered the ship, the wind stopped. Then they were amazed and wondered how he had such power that the winds obeyed Him. How could they be with Him so many days and not understand He had all power? The same way that I doubt His presence with me at times.

So, I must remember the words of my Lord, ‘Be of good cheer,’ or cheer up!