Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Too Much Water and Too Few Towels!

I’ve started this post 3 different ways, so I think I’ve finally settled on this…..

My week over the last 10 days:

Monday: Had to find a place to live – immediately. – Found it! (And it’s great by the way).

Tuesday: Had to have money for rent and deposit – immediately. – God provided! (In amazing ways)

Wednesday: My roommate (who is such a blessing), along with her family moved our things while I was at work. (So sweet!)

Wednesday night: Sick! (Uh oh! time for that)

Thursday: Sick! (Still….thanks Heather for the sprite and medicine.)

Friday: Tried to work – wasn’t happening! (Still Sick)

Friday afternoon: Feeling better! (Thank you Jesus!)

Saturday: Got a bed, moved my things from storage, moved, moved, moved- all day! (Thanks Dad and Nancy)

Sunday: Pulled muscle, achy body. (Can’t move!)

Monday: Back to work – crazy busy. (It’s a blur!)

Monday night: Got everything in its place – finally! (Tomorrow night I can relax!)

Tuesday: Busier than Monday. (Blurrier……..exhausted!!)

Tuesday night – 30 minutes after I get home from work: (Remember, my night to relax) Washing machine overflows and floods the back half of the new apartment - yeah, it’s a true statement. (Overwhelmed!)

Tuesday night continued…. – My landlord saves the day! (So thankful for his help!), Tonya takes charge and makes sure we have towels for the morning. (She rocks & so does her friend for allowing us to use their washer & dryer!)

Wednesday morning – On my way to work, I see a double rainbow! (A promise of a better day!)

Soooo, what’s my point? Here goes……

Life happens - good and bad, laughter and tears, comfort and pain. Things don’t always go exactly as we think they should. We have sleepless nights. We get sick, we get tired, we get grumpy…..but we have hope!

As I look back over the last several days, I can’t help but smile. It has been crazy, hectic and exhausting, but it’s also been amazing. God provided in ways I could have never dreamed. Friendships have been strengthened, and new ones have developed. I have learned a whole new meaning to grace – and my constant need for it.

So this morning I woke with a different mindset… was gonna be a better day – I just knew it! Regardless of what happened, today was gonna be a day of laughter and smiles. I was choosing this day to embrace life, and all it entails – and I was gonna enjoy it! Then I saw it – the rainbow - the symbol of the promise of the Lord. He is my joy. He is my peace, and that foundation can never be shaken!

Now, reflecting on the latest occurrences in my life I see things differently than I did yesterday. In the midst of all the chaos there was laughter, joy, peace, family, love, friendship, provision and I believe the beginning of a new season. I don’t know what it holds, but one thing I’m sure of…’s definitely gonna keep me on my toes!

Oh, there’s one final thought – Don’t take everything so seriously. Trust me! Because standing in the middle of a hallway full of water, with not nearly enough towels, there is still something to laugh about, even that time can be enjoyed!

“You never know when you’re making a memory.” – Rickie Lee Jones

“Light-seeds are planted in the souls of God's people, Joy-seeds are planted in good heart-soil.” – Psalm 97:11 The Message