There are just some days when it seems like life is out to get you. Today is starting out as one of those days. As my wonderful spouse kissed me goodbye this morning, he gently broke the news that the hot water tank is going out. Super. I have enough set aside to make a good payment on the Visa… or hopefully cover the cost of a new hot water tank. Sigh. I turned on the kitchen faucet to get cold water for my oatmeal, and the sprayer became a little miniature fountain, dribbling and lightly misting everything around it. I examined it more closely and saw there is a split down the middle of it. It will spend the day extended into the sink. Add that to the shopping list for the hardware store. Don’t even get me started on the electric blanket that is always turned to “high” and barely warms, the mattress that is lumpy, bumpy and has body-shaped canyons, or the fencing that has been beaten so far down by goats that our horses could almost step over it.
Isn’t there always SOMETHING that needs our attention, our money? That tries to suck the life and joy right out of us?? Those days where things go right and smoothly are so beautiful- I really should appreciate them more!
The verse that popped into my head this morning is from Philippians 4:4~ “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” Okay, time for some thankfulness, and maybe some praise music! At least God had allowed us to set aside enough money for that Visa-payment-turned-water-heater. The sprayer gave me a good laugh. And the other blankets supplement the not-quite-electric one. The mattress, well, it is comfortably broken in. And the fencing is still holding in the horses, so far…
I read 2 and 3 John this morning- two whole books of the Bible! (Okay, they are short, single chapter books.) The verse that stood out to me is 3 John 4~ “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.” It gave John joy to know that his fellow believers whom he had been teaching were walking in the truth, God’s truth. Not just believing, but walking and living it. I think it brings God joy, too, when we walk in faith and obedience with Him, trusting Him with His Truth and His promises in the Bible. Promises like “…I will not fail you or forsake you.” ~Joshua 1:5b. “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” ~Philippians 4:6 “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:19 (Chapter 4 of Philippians is chock full of encouraging words!)
And some words of advice for all of us worriers… “Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~Matthew 6:34. Isn’t that the truth? 🙂 Come quickly, Lord Jesus!!