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I'm a little bummed today. Here's why:
1. I've gained ten pounds this past year. My cholesterol is way up, and I have to go on niacin therapy. I have a tender, swollen thumb joint that's probably arthritis or bursitis, or some other "itis" that I'm likely going to have to live with. I know all this good news because I had my annual check-up yesterday.
2. The upkeep on our house is a getting the better of me this month, and lately, I don't care.
3. I have to finish writing my book, and I'm dragging my feet, because once I'm done...I have to find a publisher. That's when the real work begins.
4. My birthday is next month, and I tell ya', I'm feeling my age. And older.
5. I'm always tired, and I'm tired of being tired.
In light of the latest Colorado tragedy, these are piddly things. I know this. But, in reality, I can't do anything about the victims in Colorado, except pray for all involved (which I'm doing.)
In my life, with my issues, I have to do stuff. Like take more pills, put up with side effects, stop eating cupcakes (probably stop baking them), deep clean, discipline my writing self, and reconcile fatigue and aging.
For whatever reason - today, it's all discouraging.
Then, I read this verse in my daily devotional:
In everything, give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thes. 5:18
Hmm. Well, then.
This is not a new verse in my life. I know we are to be grateful for everything. But, initially, I just gripe about negative/burdensome/painful things. It always takes me a while to remember God is the healer of all ailments/problems/tragedies. He does not cause afflictions (that's the free will thing), but He can use them for good in our lives. That's what He calls us to be grateful for. The fact that, in His loving, sovereign hands, nothing is wasted.
In my reworded God-speak, He's saying "Your human condition is just one piece of the operation. The project is not complete until I weave it all together. Trust me. I'm working on one spectacular tapestry."
So, while God weaves, I'll keep plugging along, trying to eat better and stay on top of things here in the Ballpark. I'll stay the course on completing my book. I'll work on accepting lumpy joints and other delights of aging.
I know there's a cozy, healing blanket in the works. And for that, I'm thankful.