Last week, it finally rained. Normally, I am excited when Mother Nature waters the desert, but I’ve been out of sorts (mostly due to recently becoming a single-income family.) When I saw this one morning:
My first thought was, “Great. It rained last night and the roof still isn’t fixed from a storm in July.” (We’ve had trouble finding replacement tile because it’s not made anymore.)
My second thought was, “Nice breeding ground for mosquitoes. West Nile virus, anyone?”
I am usually a glass-half-full kind of girl. I have an annoying ability to see the bright side of the darkest situations (except, apparently, if they star me.) As of late, my outlook makes Eeyore look like Pollyanna. I don’t like it one bit.
Enough of that! Today, I decided to actively focus on good things in my life.
- I am healthy, and so is the rest of my family
- We have a roof over our head (even it if is missing a few tiles :)) and it isn’t immediately threatened by our single-income status
- I have the support of friends and family who give me strength when I don’t think I have any left.
- My older son recently had a birthday. He didn’t complain about a scaled-down birthday, but was grateful for what he did receive. Ten years ago, I became his mother, and he’s been teaching me ever since.
Even though life isn’t what I thought it would be right now, I am grateful for the blessings that are easy to take for granted- like family and friendships. I have to trust that God is my shelter. My reaction to our circumstances is me mourning the loss of the plans I made. These scriptures ease the burden of that loss:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6