Well, it has been a crazy couple of weeks…and it just keeps being crazy. I struggled today because I simply reached a point of being completely exhausted with still so much to do. There is something about this exhausted feeling that makes me long for home and the love of my family. I was reminded once again that I must look to God for strength and peace. I am here now and only have this day with which to work. All I can do is my best to fly on the wings of my Father and trust Him to help me carry my load. It made me think of the phrase “a brighter tomorrow.” I have a tendency to think, “Tomorrow will be a better day.” Now, there is nothing wrong with this…it is good to have an optimistic outlook. But, why do I not choose to see today as a brighter today? It might not be perfect or easy or going the way I want it to go, but I can still make the most of it! After all, it’s still a gift from God. That alone makes it worthwhile. I mean, think about that in tangible terms: God shows up at your doorstep with a package in His hands, wrapped up in a bow, with a tag that says, “A gift to you, with love, from God.” Inside is a slimy, muddy, smelly worm and a note that reads, “This is my creation and I am entrusting you with it. PS: I have a hope and a future for you.” Are you going to freak out about the worm, throw it out in the lawn, and say, “Well, He has a hope and future for me so He will bring something better another day”? No way! You’re going to take that worm out, wash him up, post pictures of him on Facebook, brag about him to your friends, and do anything you can with him. Who cares that he is a worm? God gave him to you!!! Sure, you don’t know why God gave you this worm, or what His plan is for the future (whether that be three seconds from now or three years from now). But none of that changes the fact that God gave you this gift with love and purpose.
This is how I am going to view each day. It might be as appealing as a worm, but it’s going to be the best worm that ever was. That’s how I want to see each day for other people, too. Maybe, if I see the hope God gives them, they will be more likely to see it, as well. Like my little ones in the orphanage…even they have a purpose, each and every day. I want them to know that. I want them to know that this is why I spend time with them three days a week…because God doesn’t make mistakes.
Well, it’s currently after 2:00am. So, I am going to leave you with this food for thought. You can look forward to my Italy update tomorrow. (I hope!) Thanks for reading and being patient with me when I can’t write as consistently as I would like!
Hi, I'm Katie... just a girl, living this adventure for the glory of God. Thanks for reading!