My good friend reminded me of something really important the other day.
She, like we all tend to do, was getting stressed out. (wow, this sounds familiar to me this week! Been there, done that, got the tattoo) She's in the middle of a lot of big changes, both in her family and with her schedules and in her career, and it was flat out overwhelming. She felt frustrated and at the end of her rope with every new interruption or delay or schedule hitch. She just wanted peace! And for things to go smoothly.
Haven't we all been there? I don't know who can't relate to that!
Then she was reminded of a important truth by the Lord. She said He reminded her that all of her complaints were based on good things. Blessings. Her cup was running over...but she was only focused on the mess from the overflow.
Wow! Such a powerful truth. I needed that reminder. Too often I get stressed from being busy and having so many deadlines and obligations and chores and responsibilities - but then I realize the majority of those stress factors are actually blessings.
I stress because my child doesn't understand why mommy is busy - but that's because she's a healthy, active, smart, beautiful preschooler who desires my time and attention! I stress because I have a book deadline - because I have a contract for a new release! I stress over other deadlines - because I'm getting paid to write in various forms - my lifelong dream!! I stress over having my day taken up by my part time job outside the home - but I have a job and a paycheck! I'm running around ragged doing housework that never ends - because I have a family to take care of and clean up after and a house to get dirty!!
Blessings. Running over.
Don't worry about mopping up the overflow today. Just splash in the puddle of God's grace :)