th (2)Do you ever just have one of those days? You know, where everything seems to be going wrong.  Today was the day.

I woke up to a torrential downpour outside and the temperatures were substantially cooler than the past few days.  I’m a spring/summer girl.  I’d already gotten used to the nice short sleeve weather and sunshine, even though it had only been a few days.  How does the song go? “Some days are diamonds, some days are stones…”

I woke my daughter up and ventured downstairs to take care of the dog.  As I was placing the dog’s bowl before her I heard a blood curdling scream from upstairs.  Expecting my daughter’s arm to be half severed from her body, I took the stairs two at a time. When I arrived, she looked perfectly fine except for the fact that she was hiding behind her hairdryer pointing to the bathroom counter. When I looked, there was  a spider smaller than a dime on the counter.  Seriously? I just lost ten years off of my life for a spider?

I made my way back downstairs to soak in a little peace and write today’s blog post.  I signed on the computer and typed in the web address only to find I couldn’t access my website, which meant I couldn’t access my blog.  What in the world?

I sat in my chair, shaking my head, and picked up my Bible.  I got lost in my time with the Lord until I heard my daughter calling me to tell me goodbye.  It was then I realized the problem wasn’t my day.  It was me.  I started my day looking at things the wrong way.  Fortunately for me, God is good and He took the time I was with Him to change my lenses.  I was able to see things as He did.

Rain, no matter how inconvenient, is needed to make the grass, flowers, and trees grow.  If God will take the time to give to those things that are here today and gone tomorrow, I can trust He will provide for my needs [Matthew 6:30].  Thank You, Lord, for the rain.

The spider? Well, I’m not thankful for the spider, but I am thankful for the opportunity to remind my daughter I am always there for her, no matter how great or small the need is.  It is my privilege to be an example of God’s love and concern for her. He promises to never leave her nor forsake her [Deuteronomy 31:6, 8].  And He does the same for me.  Thank You, Lord, for reminding me of the protective love a parent has for a child.

The website mishap?  Well, that simply freed up some time this morning for an extra long quiet time with my Daddy.  It allowed me to sit before Him, “very early in the morning, while it was still dark” and hear what He wanted to tell me before feeling like I had to hit the ground running [Mark 1:35]. Thank You, Lord, that You desire to spend time with me each day.

So, I learned  the lenses you wear make a huge difference.  How was your morning? Do you need some new lenses?