Last night, I took time to pray for motivation and a pleasant day. Upon praying that, I should have prepared myself for the potential whirlwind that could occur the next day.
Friends, let me to tell you something… it has definitely been a whirlwind.
My morning began pleasant enough when I heard sounds of my dog getting sick. I threw off my covers and jumped out of bed at a speed I didn’t know I had. I quickly carried him over to the hardwood because the last thing I wanted was for him to get sick on my carpet. Yes, I thought, I did it. Well, at least I thought that until I turned around only to realize that he had already gotten sick on the carpet. So, I started this Monday morning by cleaning up dog vomit.
Fast forward a few hours. I had a good day at work and I am looking forward to coming home to decorate for Christmas (yes, I am one of those people). The moment I walked through my front door I knew it smelled different. It smelled wrong. I walked around the living room and saw nothing. I walked through the kitchen and found nothing. Then I stepped into the bedroom. And there, Jackson had gotten sick again. And not only had he gotten sick, but he had caused it to spread on the carpet in various spots in my room.
Wonderful, I thought, I’m going to have to pay for that. I live in an apartment so any damages, or gruesome stains, have to be paid for out of pocket when I move out.
At this point, it was 2 o’clock and I still hadn’t eaten lunch yet. If you know me, you know how I am when I get hangry! But I didn’t have time to spare. So, I jumped back in my car and attempted to zoom to Walmart for carpet cleaner. I say attempted to because there was, in fact, no zooming at all. Actually, I got caught at most red lights in a 2-mile radius.
Now, if you know me, you know that I have a difficult time with being patient, especially if I feel in a rush. And in that moment, I did feel in a rush. Sitting at those lights, anxiety began to creep in. What if I can’t get the stain out? What if he gets sick again while I’m gone? What if, what if, what if?
So, I finally made it into Walmart. While I was there, I decided to pick up my two medications that had actually been filled that very day. Seemed like luck. Well, until I got back home and realized that they’d actually only filled one of my prescriptions.
Oh, and I got caught by the lights on my way home too!
After my medication issue, I sprayed the heck out of my carpet. I mean, it’s drenched in stain remover at the moment. When I finished spraying, I decided to raise the windows to air out my apartment. During which time, I discovered Jackson had gotten sick on my pillow as well. So, I also have items in the washer!
However, in the midst of this madness, the verse of the day popped up on my watch.
Those words rang true in my life and in my heart when I read those words. I had asked God for motivation and for a pleasant day, and I sure was motivated, but boy oh boy was he making me work hard for the pleasantness.
In this moment, I know that this verse targeted me well. I could have gotten super frustrated with how my day went and gotten frustrated at God. I could’ve held my fist towards the sky at Him and asked why I couldn’t just have a good day. I could have blamed all of my problems on him.
I could have focused on my problems.
But this line of scripture struck my heart. Instead of focusing on all the things that had gone wrong, I tried counting my blessings.
- Jackson may be sick, but at least he is still alive and will recover.
- Sure, my carpet got messed up, but at least I had the money to purchase carpet cleaner.
- My medication got messed up. So what? I can get that fixed! At least I live in a country where I am able to receive healthcare.
- I got stopped at red lights when I was in a rush, but at least I have a car; and at least I have gas in that car.
- Yes, his illness got on my pillow, but I am thankful to have a washer in my home so I can easily clean it.
Has this day been wonderful? Nope. But at least I can count my blessings.
My whole point of writing this is to share that we are all going to have bad days, but we cannot let those moments bring us down. Yes, we are human and we are going to experience negative emotions. But don’t let a bad day cause you to curse at your spouse or raise your fist to God. Instead, take a moment and count the blessings that God gave you in those bad moments.
It may have been a bad moment, but it isn’t a bad life!