I was seeming to have a very productive day yesterday. My husband had gone hunting as I previously told you in my earlier blog, so I was taking this opportunity to move around some furniture which needed to be moved before our new living suit comes tomorrow. My husband's office had to be moved, which entailed moving other furniture to other sections of the house. With moving all of this around, it also involved taking pictures down off the wall and re-hanging them. I work so much better at things as this when I am alone. Yes, it is a lot for me to move furniture by myself, and believe me I am suffering for it today, but I just have always handled things myself so working alone simply works. When my husband walked in the door, he was speechless at all I had done. I did not mention to him I was going to do any of it, so it was quite a shocker for him. On top of everything, with all we have to do to get ready for tomorrow ... with the mess we have in the kitchen due to re-modeling, I had to lay it on him that the dryer broke. I had clothes in the washer, and losing my dryer was not the best thing to happen at this precise time. So what do you do when you are on overload and one thing after another seems to happen to hamper your well laid plans? You pull up your big boy/girl pants and you press on. This is exactly what we did. We disconnected the old dryer, made a few calls about a new dryer, went and picked up a new dryer, and today we will install it. No sense in crying over spilt milk because it would still need to be cleaned up. By the time we relished in the unfairness of it all ... how we could not afford a new dryer in the midst of everything else we have going on ... how it is so unfair that this should happen to us ... how we are good, hard-working people who deserve better ... and on and on and on ... we would have put ourselves in an emotional and stressed sense of being, and we would still have to get the new dryer. I would prefer to have to make this purchase with a positive attitude and leave the pity-party for others. It does make all the difference in the world.
Seriously ... think on this for a minute! Things unfair happen to us every day. The end result basically is the same whether you pull up your big boy/girl pants and press on to remedy the situation, OR whether you sulk in self-pity for awhile and then feel forced to press on. There are times when how we handle a situation will alter the outcome, but more times than not, we still have to fix the problem regardless of how our reaction to it may be. But, when we just accept it for what it is ... knowing that God allows rain to fall on the just and the unjust alike ... then it does make it go so much smoother. I realize how unfair life can be ... I accept how difficult it is at times to keep our emotions in tact! I am not referring to emotions as much as I am attitude. We have every right to cry and feel discouraged when unfair things happen to us. We do not have a right to take it out on others ... to blame God for everything ... or to remain in a place of 'poor-pitiful-me' and effect situations and people around us. Being distraught emotionally and having a poor outlook are two entirely different things. Let us strive daily to count our blessings in the midst of the storms though the trials bring us to our knees ... keeps us up crying all night ... and burdens our hearts more than we think we can handle at times. When we see blessings in the storms of life, we learn to dance through the rain instead of allowing the rain to push us down and keep us there. I just bought a sign for my house that says, "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass ... It's about learning to dance in the rain." How true this is!
Ok, I have to run and get ready for church. Have a great day and learn to do a lot of dancing because life is all about the storms that lie in wait!