There is a Golden Rule in Improv Comedy. Actors never say “no”. Everything is “Yes, And…”
The reason for this is that a “no” kills the momentum of the story. If you negate what another actor says or does, you have slammed the brakes on the energy of working together. The story cannot progress. This doesn’t mean Improv actors have to agree on everything. One could say “Yes, and there is another noise over here”. There is a way to redirect that doesn’t stall the cooperative effort.
We live in a world of “no”. There is negativity, skepticism, and cynicism. “No” is the default position of the flesh and the world when we seek harmony with others (what the Bible calls righteousness).
Perhaps we can learn something from Improv actors. Perhaps instead of seeking to focus on what we don’t like in our everyday activities, we can focus on what we appreciate, what we enjoy, even while we redirect from things that annoy us.
The particular thing this verse provides as a “yes anchor” are the promises of God. We can seek truth or opportunity in any circumstance. This can be true whether it be an annoyance, like a car battery that dies, or a genuine loss, like a loved one passing.
We can “redirect.” We can say “yes” to the promises of God. We can say “amen” to Jesus who is shaping and molding us as we walk by faith in this life.