Contrary to my nature, I awoke with a negative thought this morning, my body and spirit feeling uncharacteristically heavy and dark.
Not realizing it, I carried that around with me through the first minutes of the day.
Also not usual
in those first moments in that hour as my brain wakes, I began examining, probing the negativity.
Hours later I’m now slightly embarrassed. After waking and walking with the Holy Spirit all these years I’m still so easily tempted to shoulder burdens God never intended for me to bear alone:
This morning grief got a good grip on me before I even recognized it.
Thanks to God, something outside the kitchen window soon captured my attention, changing the atmosphere entirely:
clear, blue skies decorated with white, fluffy clouds!
Sometimes it’s good to be easily entertained or distracted.
With the tangible vision of a brand new day, my second thought was, “Wow God, what a fabulous day!”
God and I kicked some ideas around together a while. Now, tea is cooling, sunshine is bursting through the windows igniting the rooms with energy. As I realize today is officially the last day of winter, I’m so very thankful for second thoughts.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 (NIV)