Have you had a morning like this?
Double ear infection and strep.
This meant the shower would have to be moved to my house.
In my mind I quickly assessed the situation:
The house is a disaster. Check.
There are no decorations on the Christmas tree. Check.
I need to go to my sister’s house and pick up all her stuff. Check.
And I now need to run all over town to find safari napkins and extra wooden plates for the safari theme. Check.
My blood sugar is plummeting from the foo-foo-decaf coffee I just devoured with the news. Check and double-check.
I quickly shuffled to the pantry to grab oatmeal to cook.
When I snatched up the box of oatmeal my shaky sugar-depleted hands slipped, flinging oat flakes up into the air where they then fell like snow flakes into every crevice of food and kitchen appliance stored there.
Now add, clean up the pantry. Check, check, check….
Ten years ago I would have sat on the floor right there and cried. But on this day strangely enough, I laughed.
I laughed at the absurdity of the situation.
I either was laughing because I was getting as shaky in the head as I was with my hands,
or maybe I was laughing because I was becoming more like that Proverbs 31 lady who “… Can laugh at the days to come.” (Proverbs 31:25 NIV)
A few years back when I lived in Tampa, after many a trial and worrisome ridden situation, I realized if I was anxious it was because I couldn’t control my situation.
But this is what I learned…God can.
And when I attained this perspective of, His will is always better than my own (though I always like to think I have good ideas and tell God as much) and He can take even the worst circumstance and make something good out of it, I started learning to lean into His grace instead of gracing myself with more panic.
Because peace comes in the relief of belief.
Believing He can and will work all things together for good.
And sure enough the house got cleaned, the tree got decorated, I found the accessories I needed, and the baby shower was a success.
Check check and double check!
“She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” (Proverbs 31:25 NLT)
Looking forward, pressing on and seeking God in every bump and twist in the road.
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