Good morning sunshine! These were my husband’s words as he tried to wake me up.
It was 6:17 and one of my daycare children had already arrived. As always, my alarm was set to go off at 6, and according to my phone the alarm was going off. The problem was the phone was on silent and not vibrating like it should have been. Moreover, I had 6 missed text messages from my daycare parent. As I threw on some clothes and ran down the stairs, I knew my day couldn’t get worse. Or, could it?!?!?!
Quickly, I gathered little bean, and sent her mom off to work. I went back upstairs to get ready for my day. Then I heard a tiny meow and then remembered my very pregnant cat was in the spare bedroom. Little bean and I went to check on her. NINE baby kittens awaited us. One had passed away. What was I going to do with EIGHT kittens?!?!?!?!?! Little bean was beside herself with excitement. She counted them and as she went she tried naming each and every one. But she kept getting mixed up since 4 of them look the same…lol! Me? I was in shock and could only think one thing.
This day can only get better….right?!?!?!
I got my husband off to work. My own big kid fed and off to school. My daycare kids were all dropped off when it happened. I took the garbage outside and as I surveyed my yard to see if there was any wind storm damage from the night before, I saw it. It took a few moments to register what I was seeing but yep, it was what I thought.
My new to me, beautiful Santa Fe XL luxury edition that we had just purchased in July had a dent in it. Not a tiny dent either. The grill was broken. There was a foot long scratch right along the hood. I was stunned. I had no idea how it happened, where it happened or even when it happened. I was totally stunned and not in a good way 😦
So, now this day was quickly spiralling south. I called my husband. It is still dark when he leaves for work, so he never saw it. And from thinking about what had happened over the last 24 hours, our best guess was that it happened while we were at the rink the night before. The storm that had been predicted was in full force. The evening was dark and rainy and crazy windy. In this environment, anyone could have hit it 😦 And all this happened on a Tuesday. Maybe that’s why I’ve never totally hated Monday’s cause the bad things can happen any day of the week. But sometimes it’s all about perspective.
For a change, I got 17 extra minutes of unexpected sleep that day. I got to see those gorgeous new babies with my favourite little bean, and in a few weeks each kitten will find new families who will love them every bit as much as we do. My car will get fixed up (hopefully without too much damage to my insurance) and be good as new in no time :). And most fortunate for us, and unlike some of my friends, other than a few loose branches the storm that came through caused us no damage. We are alive. We can look forward to the days ahead with optimism. I have a family and profession I love.
On the days when life seems to be throwing everything bad our way, it’s easy to forget the good stuff too. It is herein that perspective can go either way. The Lord encourages us to “choose life” and in Romans 8, He has given us a list of promises that help us to go forward with confidence. Most of all, with Jesus by my side, I can face whatever challenge comes my way. I couldn’t imagine it any other way 😉
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)