One of those days

Yesterday was one of those days.  I felt a little overwhelmed.  

It was cold, like 2 degrees with 30 mph winds, and walking my dog was almost painful.  I had a clash first thing with my youngest daughter.  She was being difficult.  She refused to cooperate.  She waited until the absolute last minute to finally get up and get dressed for school.  Then she was mad at me because she had to go to school.  

From there, I just felt kind of depressed.  It was my day off.  My stress levels were up.  I had something on my mind I wanted to write about, but I couldn't get the words down.  I tried to play my Ukulele for a little while, but just couldn't get into it.  I wasn't motivated enough to accomplish anything around the house, so I sat at my computer looking at the headlines, which are always depressing.  I was just off.

Then I had one of those experiences which totally changed my perspective on things.  I decided to go to the daily mass at the church.  I got there I prayed about all of the bullshit I have been dealing with lately and asked God to take care of it.  The mass began, and the daily readings took place, then during the homily, the priest said exactly what I needed to hear at that moment.  It was as if he was speaking directly to me and everything that I was dealing with at that very moment of time.

He talked about those times in life like I had been experiencing.  He referred to them as "barren moments."  Then he reminded us how great things can spring up out of these kinds of times in our lives.  "God uses these times to prepare us for great things," he said.  All we have to do is trust in him.  All we have to do is get through them.

It's like the winter leading to the spring.  God prepared the world for something great.  A barren world awakens and brings forth life, warmth, and happiness.  

When I got home, I opened my door and there was my dog, all excited to see me.  I was more motivated to get stuff done.  I accomplished a major task, setting up this set of shelves I bought for my bedroom, which eliminated a big mess that had been accumulating, since before Christmas.

I know that our perspective has a lot to do with the outcomes of our lives.  When we go through our hard times, we tend to focus on the bad things that happen to us instead of the many blessings that God does bestow upon us.  It seems like the hard times can drag on and on.  But then we get back on track and break through.

So, if all of this is true, I must be in for something great.  I don't know what it is yet.


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