It’s Friday! And that means Five Minute Friday with Kate and the gang. We free-write for 5 minutes on the same word prompt. Today’s word: KEEP
The day began so well.
I was wearing warm fleece leggings and a cute new skirt. (Don’t you find that days go better when you’re happy with your clothes?) Mine does anyways!
Yet the day began to head downhill when the ketchup and mustard combo slipped out of my hamburger and plopped onto my skirt…. eergghh!!!
I quickly whipped it off, poured on the Shout and hung it up to dry.
That was a manageable issue. Then my phone rang.
It was my teenage son calling from his cell phone on the other side of the field. Della was loose and not listening to reason. “Mom, could you please bring me her leash and collar?”
And there it all began.
Trudging out into the knee-deep snow, filling up my boots with the cold, wet stuff and the wind blowing in my face. I can tell you Della ran quickly to me when I called… until she got a little closer and saw my face. I think she had second thoughts about coming near.
I’d had enough of this mess.
“I’m getting out of the house. I’m going grocery shopping!” I say to no one in particular.
Dave answers back with… “Take the car. The wipers on the van need fixed….. Oh, and you’ll have to put all the groceries in the back seat. The trunk is full.”
I now have to wear my clunky boots because my other ones are full of snow from the field. I discover I can’t feel the clutch and acceleration pedal well with my clunky, oversized snow boots and they keep getting caught between the brake pedal and that column running down the middle of the car.
I decide to pull over and drive without my boot… that would be safer. Which then I soak my sock with the snow that my clunky boot left behind on the floor board. Eerrgh!!!!
I’m not far from the house so I turn back and get different boots. (I know you’re thinking how many boots does this woman have?) I live in the north, people. Multiple boots in different colors, styles and functionality are a necessity!
As I headed out again, I was determined to keep my head clear and focused.
- I had no quarter for Aldi’s
- I dropped my favorite pen in between the car seats
- I moved an open box from the back seat to the front and spilled the contents out onto the wet floor boards
- A creepy guy was following me around in the store.
- I tried to lock the car and instead set off the car alarm in Wegman’s parking lot and couldn’t get it shut off.
To say I was losing it might be a correct assessment. It was a good thing there were not others in the car to hear my ranting.
And that’s when it hit me.
The words of Lysa Terkeurst came into my head, “If this is the worst thing that happens to me today, it’s still a good day!”
I gave myself a little talking to and said just that…. “It’s still a good day!”… followed by “Rachel, let’s be thankful!”
- The sun is shining.
- The snow is melting.
- I’m not sick.
- My family’s not sick.
- I have money to buy food.
- If snow in my boot, wet sock, dropping pen, and car alarm mishap is the worst that happens to me today… it’s still a good day.
And isn’t that true. Our perspective can be skewed by the small inconveniencies. We forget to keep our focus on the important… keep our hearts in a place of thankfulness.
I chuckled at myself thinking this would make for a great Candid Camera bit and when I got home and told Dave, he just laughed, gave me hug and said, “This is going to be a blog post, isn’t it?”
I guess it is.
People with their minds set on You, You keep completely whole, Steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit. Depend on God and keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing. ~ Isaiah 26:3-4 (The MSG)