Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Difficult Situation or Demonstration?

"Our trials are great opportunities, but all too often we simply see them as large obstacles. If only we would recognize every difficult situation as something God has chosen to prove His love to us, each obstacle would then become a place of shelter and rest, and a demonstration to others of His inexpressible powers." A.B. Simpson (from Streams in the Desert)

Our "trial" right now seems small. We are waiting for our house to sell, packing up (very slowly) and cleaning out and preparing to move. My heart is tempted to look at all of this as work and as difficulty and challenge. How much happier our next weeks will be if I can look at this as shelter and rest! We will choose to look for God's proven love in this and believe that His powers can be shown even in the details of our life.

What I'm doing: sorting out clothes, packing books, making phone calls and helping with friends' kids; and all the normal life stuff (e.g. dishes, laundry, picking up).

What the kids are doing: unwrapping four rolls of wrapping paper (T); using yarn to tie the bedroom door to the banister so that it won't open (?); building a fire pit in the backyard, starting with digging up the grass with a shovel (O and R); coloring on the chair in the den (L); shaking water from a water bottle over the living room floor (T);  painting sticks with oil paint, calling them "Halloween sticks" (all); unloading the basement wardrobe so it could be a fort (O,R, L).

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