Unwrapping gifts. The everyday gifts that are easily missed. That's what a group of us do with Emily at Chatting at the Sky on Tuesdays.
Today, Emily writes "So whether you are in the midst of the mess, surrounded by the lovely or interrupted by things unexpected, I encourage you to pause and consider the gift, whatever it might be."
So, I sit here. And ponder. What is the gift to unwrap today? Am I in the midst of the mess? Yes. There are lots of things I'm not on top of right now. Not even close to on top of. My housework. Organization at home. Wish I was about three weeks further along in my work at church than I am. Emotionally, it's been less than smooth lately, and that colors everything else. I have moments of feeling really fragile.
In the midst, am I surrounded by the lovely? Yes. YES. My husband's kisses comfort. My kids' smiles light up my days. My friends are patient with me and make me laugh. I am allowed to be who I am right now--even though I'm not at my best. Everyone who loves me holds out Hope in front of me.
Have I been interrupted by things unexpected? Yes. My car clicks instead of starts. Snow delays change plans. But even in emotional fragility, I know the unexpected factors in life are only unexpected by me, not Him--and in reality, are often part of the (big G) Good. As my car sits sadly quiet in my garage, I skim Facebook status updates as I wait for my ride to work. And the unexpected jumps out at me. A friend's update says this:
"The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."Is. 58:11
His Word falls on my soul. He will guide. He will satisfy. He will water. He will never fail.
And I thank Him for my need. It is making me keenly aware of my dependence on the only One who can truly satisfy and who will not fail me. My fragility is my gift today...for without it, I may just forget that I'm leaning on Him all the time.