“To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” Is. 61:3
As I sit by my patio window and have my quiet time with the Lord, I look out at the bright sunshine glistening on the snow. It is beautiful, but so deceiving. The temperature is in the single digits. For some of you I am sure you would be glad for it to be this “warm.”
I am one of the blessed ones who gets to sit inside and look out, so, I’m not complaining. Well, in a way I guess I am – the extreme cold temperatures really affects my body. The pain is worse, which makes me not sleep as well, which makes the fatigue and pain worse, etc. You understand, I’m sure.
I sit here and pray for the Lord to help me not be so critical and grumpy. So what if the wind chill is below zero? I am inside, warm, and well taken care of. Easy to say, but, this doesn’t take away all the physical problems that are making me so miserable.
In the quietness I hear the most beautiful bird song! At the bird feeder, the Cardinals, Chickadees, sparrows and various other types of birds are enjoying the day, the food, the sunshine – all that God has chosen for them today. They are accepting the life God has given them. Enough so that they even “sing their own type of thanks and praises” to Him. How can I do less? Matthew 10:31 tells us that “We are of more value than many sparrows.” So if He takes care of them to the point that “He even knows when one falls to the ground,” (Matt. 10:29) isn’t He going to take care of me today, no matter how I feel or might have to go through?
Yes, I hurt, and am so weary of feeling alone and useless all the time. But, even from my lounge chair I can “put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness,” as our scripture says, and join right in with that little bird and sing, sing, sing praises to the One Who made me to do just that!
” So sings my soul, my Savior, God to Thee, How great Thou art, how great Thou art… ”
About the author:
Alice resides in Dayton, Ohio. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She has multiple chronic illnesses, but relies on her Lord to help her get through each day. Some days she feels she lets Him down completely, but she also know He understands and loves her anyway, and is always willing to help her through whatever comes her way. Thank You, Jesus!