Went out on the porch for some quality time with God. Devotional in hand - ready to learn me somethin!
First thing I see is my arch nemeses… a spider… right where I sit on the porch swing.
I handle it… settle into my spot, open my book and reach for my ice water… and accidentally knock it all over the floor.
- I didn’t get a picture so here’s a reenactment:
My immediate reaction…
I came out here to LEARN something from You. Couldn’t you have prevented the spider/water incidents so that I could LEARN uninterrupted?? Seems simple enough for the Almighty…… no?
Then I remember… PRACTICE GRATITUDE.
Okay, God. I’ll give it a go. Let’s flip this thing and TRY to see it differently.
Spiders and spills are a part of life. That’s why they call it LIFE and not HEAVEN.
Isn’t it kinda great that I got the spider on my first try (instead of it slipping away from me and then spending the rest of its life secretly lying in wait, plotting my demise) distracting me the whole rest of the time I sat on the porch?
And how freakin’ blessed am I that a practically endless supply of FRESH, CLEAN water is available to me just a few steps away in the kitchen?
The majority of the world does not have easy access to pure, life saving water.
And what about the blessing that the spider wasn’t poisonous… or it didn’t crawl ON me… the glass didn’t break when it fell… or, even if it had, we have a cupboard full of more glasses!
Or what about having eye sight to SEE the spider and hands to SPILL the water!!
Funny… I was so busy being annoyed by the interruptions in my effort to LEARN something that I almost missed the LESSON in the interruptions!