Monday, July 17, 2017

When nothing goes to plan

Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see— how good God is. 
Blessed are you who run to him.
(Psalm 34:8, MSG) 

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 
(Lamentations 3:22,23, NIV)

It’s been another tough day. Nothing has gone to plan – not even sure I’ve actually had space and energy to formulate a plan! My to-do-list has had no ticks, I feel I have been reacting to demands and problems left, right, and centre, unable to move things on to a more constructive, purposeful, harmonious way of being together. Family time doesn’t always feel Instagram pretty, Pinterest fascinating, or Twitter newsworthy – some days I can feel as though we must be the only family that feels that way… We do family life in our own way, with our own eccentricities, limitations - and strengths.

I am trying to reflect, and recognize the blessings hidden like gems in the midst of our day. The Bible tells me God is good, God is faithful, God pours out blessings – my head knows it. Yet some days I need to sit and count them as I run to him for strength and renewed energy. As my lamentations are poured out, becoming aware of the blessings of my good God turns my heart back to trust and renewed faith. I am reminded, through those tangible gems that God is my safe refuge and that he will not let me down.

So, the beginning of my list of the blessings of today: 
(And as I reflect I'm humming 'King of my heart' to myself for encouragement!)
  • A butterfly by my feet
  • A hearty giggle between siblings
  • The smell of food cooking
  • Blackberries in the freezer, like jewels
  • Beetles camouflaged amongst the seeds of a wildflower
  • A phone call with Mum
  • Walking through an avenue of trees
  • A curly haired dog on a walk in the park
  • Conversations with people out & about in the community
  • Pancake breakfast
  • Teamwork – I’m not doing it all alone
  • Music … 

What’s on your list today?
How has God gently shown you his goodness, 
his compassion, his faithfulness today?

Father, bring to mind the moments where you hid your blessings in plain sight for me today. Open my heart to see them, taste them, hold and treasure them and know that you are good and faithful, my refuge and strength. Thank you Father. Amen

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