My lovely friend Stacy likes to post 5 positive things that have happened to her that day. At the turn of the year, I started writing 3 things, got discouraged, and gave up. Sometimes it is hard to see the light…today she inspired me to try. Here is my list for yesterday:
1. I was on time for work: At my job if you are even a minute late, you have to conference with the Big (literally and figuratively) Boss. I don’t like her and have no desires to dialogue with her.
2. Cleaned the aquarium: A yucky, time-consuming job–but somebody has to do it.
3. A Surprise Call: My cousin El called to see how I was doing, which was nice and unexpected.
4. Texting: I love this form of communication and it’s easy to send a cheerful message or get some instant support.
5. Living in America: Even on our worst days, we Americans live so much better than our counterparts in third world countires.
Wait, I say on the Lord! Psalms 27:14
Yesterday I was cooking when I received a call from The Neighbor a.k.a Rear Window ( as in the Alfred Hitchcock movie) telling me that Nicholas was very high up in one of our trees and he didn’t want him to get hurt. Jazmine was sitting on the floor flipping through a book. I ran out side to see and to my dismay and horror, he was way up there! I yelled for him to get down immediatedly! Nicholas replied he was on his way down, but he couldn’t have anyone watching because it made him nervous. I relunctantly went back inside and turned down the eye on the stove.
When I went back out, he was closer to the ground. I was so relieved when he finally touched down. I explained to him not to climb in any more trees without me being present. Had he fallen, he would have really hurt himself! That was the last thing I needed! I also told him it was time to come in.
By this time Rear Window was outside with his two children. When we got to the door it was closed. Not only was it closed, it was locked! I didn’t panic right away because I had my cell phone with me. Plus, I thought I could talk Jazmine through unlocking the door. No such luck. When she figured out that we were not able to get in, she started crying. I stood on the other side talking to her.
I began to worry when I heard the timer go off. That meant the smothered chicken was finished cooking. I saw visions of flames and smoke, sure that the pan would burn and set the house on fire. I also thought that Jazmine might try to turn off the timer and burn herself in the process. If nothing else, I was sure that our dinner would be ruined. I grew extremely frazzled!
I called my uncle who has a spare keyand he said “I’m on my way.” I called a couple friends to share my dilemma while Nicholas entertained Jazmine. Kara cracked jokes to help alleviate my worries. Schappelle prayed.
My uncle arrived twenty minutes later and we were saved! Jazmine sat by the door looking forlorn. My uncle picked her up while I turned the eye off. The food was perfect! I was a little surprised considering it simmered for thirty minutes longer than it should have. It wasn’t even scorched!
From this experience I learned that I need to have more faith. I must believe that all things will work out for the good. God has the most unique ways of reminding us that he is in control!
She really wows me sometimes!
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. ” ~Romans 8:37
I first met her when I was in middle school. We were not the best of friends. Our journey continued on to high school. We pretty much ignored each other. Fate would have it that we would continue on to the same college. Somehow we ended up talking casually being that we were both strangers in a strange land. We having not stopped talking since.
In 2005 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was shocked beyond words. She was so young!!! I felt so afraid for her and could not stop my tears from flowing. But through her trials she never gave up. She is the epitome of courage.
She has been a fount of strength for me in my time of sorrow. I can’t even articulate how her support, love, and positivity have kept me afloat.
And she is currently going through another bout of cancer. Her faith could move mountains. She is such an inspiration that I encouraged her to start a blog. Because I know that her life and experiences will bless others and keep their spirits buoyed, too.