“Uh oh, this can’t be good,” I thought when I stepped on the throw rug in front of my fridge, and it was wet. On further inspection, I saw water dripping from the freezer onto the rug. When I opened the freezer door, everything was thawing.

I do not want to deal with this today.

It’s my last day of vacation before I head back to school tomorrow for AVID camp. I want to go to the beach, read a book, take a nap, and rest. Fill up with sunshine, the sight and sound of the ocean. The place where I feel so close to God.

I should spend time at the Skilled Nursing Facility with my mom. After one great day, yesterday she struggled with pain and discouragement. I want to hold her hand, pray with her, help in whatever small way I can.

Instead I’m waiting for the repairman. Doing laundry. Catching up on neglected household chores. Grumbling and whining the whole time.

My plans for today changed. Now I need to change my attitude.

From grumbly hateful to humbly grateful (Back at the Creekbank by Janet McMahan and Kathie Hill, 1983).

Because I have a lot to be grateful for:

  • Jesus loves me.
  • I had today off of work, so I have the time to deal with this.
  • God is good all the time.
  • I have coolers and getting ice from the store only took five minutes.
  • My troubles here are temporary; I have the hope of heaven.

The truth is, I don’t need to be in a special place to be close to God. He is ever-present. He waits for me to go to Him. He is available 24/7.

When I go to Him, He provides the joy I need in every situation. Even when I think I have cause to complain. Or worry. Or handle things myself.

When I go to God, abide in Him, I remember, He is all I need.

He provides JOY

Linking today with Coffee for Your Heart; Intentional Tuesday; Tell His Story; Reflect His Love and Glory; 3-D Lessons for Life

 

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