If I had to honestly sum up the past week in just a couple of words, it would be “really tough.” My friends can agree from my multiple text messages, they agreed our life has been crazy. It just felt like one thing after another kept going wrong. Emotionally we were exhausted, physically our bodies needed so much sleep and the enemy was full on attack. But in all of the things that went wrong or were frustrating, there were blessings. Blessings that only would have happened, if we went through these situations.
A stomach bug hit our group of teens on our last day on our Spring (couldn’t call it winter because it was 75 degrees 😉 ) Camp. It was terrible and we felt so bad for all of the kids who got sick. Now we look back and see how the sickness was a blessing. A blessing under disguise. A blessing to be able to connect and bond with our teens, in a way we may not have been able to if we weren’t all sick.
I was driving last Saturday (later in the day after our long morning of everyone being sick) on our way to Buffalo, to drop my brother off. On our way, a deer decided to run in front of our car. I was driving and hit that poor thing going 65. As if the day couldn’t get any longer. Thankfully we were all okay but our car was totaled. That was the last thing we needed. It was an older car, with a lot of miles so didn’t expect more then a couple of hundred dollars back. But God is faithful and gave us way more then we could have ever guessed! If the car was traded in or even sold, we would have never gotten that much. A blessing under disguise, even though hitting a dear would have not been our first thought.
To add to the stressful week, our power was out for almost 48 hours. The blessing in that, haven’t quite figured that one out yet. haha I thought a lot about this past week this morning, and thinking back to what we went through not only physically but emotionally. As much as we continued to say, we just need this week over, we are blessed. Blessed to be able to take our teens on a weekend away and thankful we weren’t hurt in the accident. Blessed to have such amazing family and friends who offered to take us in when our house was 42 degrees. Even when life seemed to be out of control and everything that could go wrong did, God was and is still in control.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” ~James 1:2
At the beginning of the year, I picked a simple word. That word was joy. Wasn’t really sure why, but it just kept getting put on my heart and now I believe this is just the beginning. Beginning of seeing joy through these trials, when my first reaction is to pout and get frustrated. And not only just having joy but continuing to see the blessings that God gives us. Blessings under disguise.