Ever Have One of Those Days When Everything Gets on Your Nerves?
It's been one of those days. If you're human and you've lived a day on this planet you know the kind of day I am talking about. The one where everything....no matter what it is...gets under your skin.
I don't get that way very often, but even as I write this my cat, Rowdy, is pushing the envelope and I'm about ready to knock the snot out of him. I would never really do that, but you know what I mean. The things that take me there are things like my cats getting into one of their cat fights over something stupid like the water bowl. Or Rowdy, our 100 year old cat who has decided lately that our door facings are his scratching posts instead of the nice carpeted one that was built especially for him. I think he's so old he can't remember what he's supposed to do most of the time. Kitty Alzheimer's Disease.
Or our driveway, that never sees the sun because we live in a hollow and the trees keep out the light: the snow NEVER melts there and sometimes we have to park out on the road and our driveway is a short hike to nowhere.
Or the fact of a recent sinus infection leaving my nose tender and sore from all that nose wiping and blowing.
Or how about the texting that businesses are doing now to advertise...to be green! I sent a STOP message to a pizza restaurant four times in three minutes today before they got the message...whether literally or figuratively.
You get it....I'm just complaining. We all do it. Sometimes more than others. But today when I was going over my lesson for Bible study tomorrow morning I was convicted about all that whining. The lesson is from James 1 where the passage speaks of every good and perfect gift coming down from the Father of lights (heavenly lights if you read the NIV like I do). Then the lesson writer (Beth Moore) asked us to take our age, divide it by four, then take those four sections of our lives and write down things, people, places, etc. we knew God had gifted us with during those times. As I wrote I began to recall so many things I had not thought of in years. You see, I have been ill for many years, and, as is the case when our minds are tormented by things like pain, whether physical or emotional...or both...I have been guilty of taking my eyes off the prize, as it were.
As I wrote I remembered learning to play the piano as a young child, a gifting I would later use as a means to put food on the table. I recalled practically living with my grandparents on their farm in Arkansas as a young child. I learned so much from my grandparents: how to fish, plant a vegetable garden, how to prune roses, how to whistle (yes!) and heard countless hours of stories about the "good ole days". I remembered making fourth chair in All State Choir my senior year in high school which led to countless music scholarships. I thought about holding my grandson for the first time and the thrill I felt when he smiled at me for the first time, or when his eyes followed me around the room. I relived in my thoughts my wedding day to my wonderful husband Don.
So it is with humility that I admit the wondrous gifts of God outweigh the bad things we dwell on. We deal so much on the tangible things in our lives and spend so little time communing with our Maker that we forget the scriptures that tell us how great is the Father's love for us.
Try the exercise I talked about. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how generous God has been with, to and for you.
Oh, and by the way..Rowdy, the 100 year old cat? He's now lying down on the sofa next to me and is an adorable ball of purring fur.
Tough day, girl! We've all had them, of course. This morning,I started by knicking myself shaving...and it just would not stop bleeding! Then I went to get an iced-coffee...(my wife and I are addicted to them!)
Anyway, as I stuck the straw into one, it flopped over and spilled out all across the counter and floor. It was only a "medium" size, but it ran out like a dam had burst! Then...oh well, you get the idea...
It is a good thing to stop and remember our blessing in Christ, both on good days and bad. Hope your day gets better, Hazel!