Today is an odd day. The sun is shining on and off, gracing us with its presence only occasionally, but the rain has yet to stop. The wind is silent and the trees are still. Rain falls directly down, un-bothered by the gusts which have hindered its course of late. The grass grows greener every day specked with little white or purple flowers here and there. Bulbs' points are slow in arriving this year, but they are slowly but surely making their entrance. It is a light day, despite the grey clouds and gloomy appearance.
Somehow God is helping me to be cheerful. The younger children have been at each other's throats all morning, I feel sick and have a headache, but even so, I feel joyful. God is good, is He not?
Since writing the above words I've been thinking further about what God is doing today.
Often, when we are struggling with something, God waits for us to submit and decide we are going to obey, and then He gives us the strength to do so.
I recently decided to ignore the weather (despite my very strong desire for sun) and just be joyful no matter what. Since resolving to obey to God in this way and, "give thanks to You forever," (Psalm 30:12) I've noticed that I actually have been more thankful and cheerful and joyful.
When I actually think about it, today has not been the grandest, but somehow all the annoying little things just aren't getting to me like they normally do.
Thank you, Lord, for helping me to be thankful. Thank You for giving me the strength to be cheerful and full of joy, even when my circumstances are begging for a breakdown.
"I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt His name together!"
Over and out,