Of Earthquakes, Hurricanes & Contentment
Today, I am grateful that Hurricane Irene has passed. There seems to be no damage here or at the shore and we plan to return to our evacuated vacation as soon as the roads are passable and restrictions are lifted.
It's been a helluva week.
Beginning with a son being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, previous water damage to a side of the house still unresolved, then an earthquake that rattled us in a few ways, the hurricane evacuation from our vacation that led to a tornado threat, sending us to our basement, back at our home, (the first time the emergency broadcast system was NOT a test...)during which another son had food poisoning and vomiting....when it rains, it pours.
So much coming at us at once, to rob our peace. And yet, we know we are held in the palm of His hand. Many prayed for us and those prayers do give us a strong sense of resiliency, of faith. Thank you.
Thank you, Lord, that in Your mercy ALL of it was not worse. And today, the morning after, I received this email quoted below. Grateful as I am...still...it could be written about me.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
-- Philippians 4:12
Contentment! I find it hard to be contented about almost anything. My performance is not up to par. My weight isn't where it should be. My words were a little insensitive in the last conversation. It's even easier to slip into recognizing what we don't have. But before money, possessions, health, or any other thing can be truly enjoyed, we first have to learn that contentment is not based on our circumstances but our salvation.
Almighty and generous God, you are the giver of all good gifts, I would like your help in finding the gift of contentment. Bless me as you choose, for I know deep in my heart that no blessing can compare to being your child. In Jesus' name I thank you. Amen.
I must lift my thoughts and be content in all the blessings, the abundant blessings that I do notice, Lord...the sun, the surf and the storms. "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." ~ Romans 8:28