This week, after getting home from our hospital-filled holiday season and my itsy pity party about it all, I have been overwhelmed with a fresh sense of gratitude. I do try to keep my focus on gratitude, because I think it keeps us grounded in difficult times, but as you all know, life can take over an distract us. I know that being at home every day with my baby is a gift, and no matter how stir crazy I may become, my time with him is precious. No matter how much we may concern ourselves with cash-flow and this economic “crisis”, we are more than provided for.
Some dear friends of ours just spent the holidays in Africa, ministering for a week at an orphanage there. When Stuart asked about the conditions at the orphanage, he stated that locals there viewed the place as a palace. Orphans in the facility were provided with daily meals and got to go to school. In this area, that was the height of wealth! Oh people, can you imagine how God, who has a “world-view” of everything happening, listening to us whine about running out of money for this or that? We must look ridiculous, when there are people all over the world who wake up and begin wondering how they will eat today. I woke up and wondered what to eat, and whether I had cream for my coffee.
I hope, no matter what your situation today (and it may be a truly difficult one), you can see that there is still so much to be grateful for. And, if you are a child of God, if you have chosen to be his, then you can take into account that this life here on earth is short and fleeting when compared to eternity in heaven. Read Jamie’s blog about it. Wow.