It's been one of THOSE days. You know exactly what I mean. One of those Murphy's Law -if it can go wrong it will go wrong-kind of days.
It all started when I woke up with a crick in my neck. Not a big deal except that it has been there since Sun. morning. I was really hoping that it would be gone this morning. But it wasn't. Then I was slow getting ready, and later getting to work than I had wanted to be. I had failed to make copies of a test I needed to give today. My students were "needier" than usual, and wanted to crowd around and tell me all of their stories. Which is fine, when I have plenty of time...and unfortunately I didn't have plenty of time this morning.
We had chapel, which is wonderful. And when I got my class settled, my son came to sit with me, which is even more wonderful. I was sitting there loving on him, feeling all warm and fuzzy when I looked at him, and he burst into tears. What!?! So I quietly asked him what was wrong. Sobbing, he could only get out the words, "I miss". So I gave him a minute and asked him "You miss what?". To which he replied, "Mo....mo!" That would be my mother, who passed away in February, 2008. Of course then I got teary eyed as well. I miss her too. And I too, am sometimes overwhelmed by missing her. So, I loved on him and cried with him.
Insert a couple of other things right here, that I do not feel I can discuss at this time. But both were things that I NEVER would have expected this day to bring. Unbelievable things. Things that both saddened and angered me. Things that never should have happened. Except we live in a sinful world. And in that sinful world, evil things happen. Which reminds me that we as Christians must be saltier, and shine brighter so that others can see God in us, and so that He will be glorified.
Then I found out that someone I love is being mistreated. By others that I love. And my heart breaks again. Why can't people just be nice to one another? Why can't people just love one another like the Lord commands? Then I remember that hurting people, hurt people. The ones doing the mistreating, are hurting too, and must be taught how to deal with their hurt without hurting, or mistreating others. And so, I must pray for wisdom, that I might be able to help guide all three to a place where they can get along, as God would have them to do, despite their differences.
And then, I look around me. I see my "castle" with all of it's provisions that the Lord has generously supplied for us. I look at my wonderful husband, who loves me and is faithful and honest. A man of integrity. I look at my children, who have sound minds, and healthy bodies, and hearts to serve others and glorify the Lord. And I am thankful. I am thankful for my " one of THOSE days". Because it brings life back into focus. It makes me even more thankful for the "everyday" kind of days. The days I too often take for granted.