In a matter of less than 24 hours my truck died (on the way to an appointment no less) and I accidentally emptied our cistern of all the water (on a slow response well...Lord have mercy!). No big...except that they can't have my truck fixed until next week and I had friends visiting for the weekend with no hope of water in our house for another 12 hours. Oh...did I mention that my husband had to leave work to come out to the boonies to pick me up in his truck (which, btw, didn't have AC)? It wasn't a good day. Tensions were running high in that my husband and I handle "challenges" differently. He gets quiet and I need to talk...but that's another blog all together. To top things off...our new chickens were not "coop"-erating and would not go into their pen that nite.
In a true woman fashion...I had several melt downs that day...wondering why now...especially when things were tight financially. I started my "why me" session with the Lord when a very vivid image came back into my mind that I had seen earlier that day. I was entering the freeway when I noticed a 70 plus year old woman sitting under the tree by the on-ramp with her plastic bag full of belongings. She sat like a stiff legged doll like we used to play with when we were young. It only took a glance to see the emptiness in her eyes as she stared at the cars whizzing by.
My pity party stopped. I thought to myself..."Now would you rather have your life or hers?"
Perspective. Was my cup (or in this case...cistern) have empty or half full? It was actually ALL empty...but looking at it with a different perspective...it was full. I'm blessed. How about you?