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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Content in whatever state I am…(reposted from 7.1.11)

I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity;
Philippians 4

So many of my friends are struggling right now...career challenges, family challenges, health challenges, fighting doubt and defeat. I may not tell you my troubles, but I know struggle. I remember how sad I felt when I wrote this; though it's a summer story, I pray it will encourage you on this first day of Spring. Know that God desires you to be joyful, even when it's difficult. Just remember, sometimes you have to fight for your joy....

I really should lay out on the floor and holler right now; I think I’ve earned it.  I called my mom to say that I was almost strong enough not to cry; I don’t think I sounded like the tears were falling, but they were. She probably knew, but didn’t say. She’s like that.  It’s been a rough day.    

I had my second car towed in two days, this time from somewhere around mile marker 109.1 on the Garden State Parkway.  I was calm, with two 10 year-old boys in the car, remaining upbeat and positive; quietly praying as I began to plan for the worst.  The worst did not happen.  We were able to safely pull over, and as we called AAA for help, both local authorities and our traveling companions pulled up.  The kids are at the beach; the car is at the mechanic’s; I am safely home. 

Even as I vented to my BFF, I was clear that I am abundantly blessed.  It could’ve been worse.  Even as I cry about it now, I know my blessing is just beyond my ability to see it.  Despite today, and yesterday, I have learned to be content in whatever state I am.  I am a little beaten up…but not beaten down.  I am a little bruised, but still conscious and able to fight.  I am staggering, but I haven’t fallen down. 

I’ll be fine.  And I can cry if I want to, because tears are prayers too.   I am allowed to be content and a little sad at the same time, all while glorifying God.  Because between tears and contentment, I am abundantly blessed.  And each and every blessing is further evidence that God is Good.  

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