Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Little Things

It is Tuesday night and already feels like the weekend....the past two days have been a bit challenging to say the least.  A phone call at 4:30 Monday morning kept me from sleep until 6am.  My recliner days continue to be a necessity.  Our dog Levi is weak, thin, throwing up, not eating much, and sleeping all the time.  Two visits to the vet has not changed much.  Then today the toilet ran over.  Seriously.  Flooded so badly water went into the entry way and covered the wood floor. The water went down and leaked through the basement ceiling.  Joel spent a great deal of time trying to get it working again, but to no avail........and our trusty handyman is out of town.  Sigh.  So, if we need a trip to the bathroom, we need to climb 17 stairs up and down.  With my pain levels this is not pretty nor fun. The weather has been as unpredictable as our days.  Our side yard is deep in water from all the rain we had and the frozen ground.  Our neighbor could create a small skating rink in his.  Tonight snow is on the way. 

Life is so unpredictable and often the small things get us down. I am very aware that these are all small in the scheme of things, but for a while today I went into meltdown mode.  Weeping, feeling sorry for myself, angry at ?  I forgot for a moment that we live in this fallen world where bad things happen to good people, where pain keeps us bound to our recliner, where sweet puppies get old and decline, where toilets flood and appliances break.  I forgot for a moment that our lives are good because God is good.

 God's Word is full of promises to help us through the really tough times and the little things that add up.   All we need do is pick up His book, grab hold of a promise or three and hang on.  Steady.  Predictable.  Reliable.  God's Word.  Never changing. 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:8

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding............."
Proverbs 3:4


Sharon said...

Renee, I am literally crying right now. This spoke so deeply to my spirit today. I have so many small (but oh how they add up!) things happening in my life lately that are testing the limits of my patience. And yes, my recent move to the mountains, and the very cold, snowy weather has caused some new aches and pains.

But yes, God is good. And this fallen old planet is not our home.

It's good to remember that...


Kim said...

Oh Renee, I can't stop thinking of this going on in your life and wishing it wasn't the case. I hope today was a better day. Yes, He's holding your hand even when this world tries to beat us up. Sending hugs.

This always gives me so much comfort:

I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.
- Psalm 40:1-3

Sarah (Nikki) said...

aww Renee. I'm sorry that these things happened to you...when you're not feeling well they seem even bigger and more troublesome. Holding you and Joel in prayer....and the pup too. Praying the rest of this week turns for the good. Hugs to you from my heart to yours.

Linda said...

This has really spoken to me, Renee. I feel like this often and need to look at my situations as you have chosen to at the end of your post. Thanks so much for this.