Since I’ve been working I’ve been finding it really hard to get any quality writing time in, but I’m still here. At the moment each day is different. I’m seeing a lot of other people’s struggles and it can be hard not to be overwhelmed by that, but I’m here and I’m still trying to live by the philosophy of thankfulness for the Small Things.
I wish I could see more miracles: people recovering from illness instead of dying, people having babies instead of miscarrying, young people protected instead of abused and murdered, young girls giving their lives to peace not terror, young and old freed from damaging habits and addictions… you get the idea. I really wish I could see more of those good stories instead of pain, pain, pain.
And yet, perhaps the Small Things are miracles in their own way. In spite of the darkness and pain, joy still exists and love still empowers. People still work to build others up, to encourage, to comfort. My husband still comes home with flowers: tulips as bright as hope itself. Children still hug and smile and do silly things like wearing glasses on the back of their heads to make a visual joke. My dog still goes crazy for the sand dunes and rests his head on my arm at the end of the day. Coffee still brews, friends still congregate, the sun still rises.
My posts so often return to this same theme: this aching for the hurting world and this brimming over of the world’s goodness – a miraculous paradox. I guess it’s because life to the full is not life without pain but more experiencing goodness that transcends the pain.
My Small Things this Week…
- Coffee and magazines – I am really enjoying the March issue of the Simple Things magazine, and have read some interesting articles in Marie Claire too, including one about the troubled but fascinating life of Frida Kahlo. She expressed so much through her art, style and life choices. It makes me wonder what I’m expressing through my life and work…
- A clothes swap I went to on Tuesday. Everyone took one or two items and then we could all go around, choose things we liked and leave a donation for charity. I found a lovely Monsoon jacket which has been perfect for work and has made a nice change from my heavy winter coat.
- Sunshine, flowers, birds: Spring is on its way and I need it so much!
- Getting to the beach in the sunshine, standing on the cliffs watching the waves, and looking at all the pebbles.
What’s been keeping you going this week?
6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Philippians 4: 6-7, The Message version of the Bible