It was one of those mornings. I dropped an egg on the kitchen floor and it splattered everywhere. If you’ve ever had to clean up egg from the floor, you know how disgusting and difficult it is. The slime just slimes all over the place and requires tons of paper towels and then a major mopping of the floor. This was not what I wanted so early in the morning and I thought the day was going to be “one of those days” because of it.
I had been up since 4:30 – thinking. Thinking about the work to be done. Thinking about the stalling on two projects that had started off with a bang and now were just sitting there. Waiting. Waiting for information. Waiting for further research. Waiting for others to do something. And for those who know me, you know that “waiting” is not a part of my DNA.
And then yesterday the surprise phone call letting me know there might be a “snake in the grass” and someone was now showing questionable behaviors. Could this person be trusted? Were we getting the truth or was the surprise caller misled about the truth? How do you know what is truth and what isn’t? Who do you believe? Ugh.
Eggs on the floor. Stalled projects on my desk. Wondering about Truth.
As I threw the last of the egg-filled, slimly paper towels in the trash, I looked up at God and said, “What’s the matter with me, Lord? Why is it so difficult for us to focus on the “splatters, stalled, surprises of life” instead of the blessings that surround us?”
There was no booming voice from heaven. No thought in my head. No nothing. Just silence.
And I let the silence do the heavy lifting.
I sat on my favorite spot of the couch and closed my eyes. I just sat there listening to nothing.
And then I reflected about my life. Other than these issues, life was pretty good. I wasn’t affected by Hurricane Michael who landed a few hours away from me in my home state. I was healthy. I was busy working on some very cool projects. And a few of them might change the lives of many. I was enjoying the crisp fall air that had arrived and sent the humidity away for a few days. I was living in a high-rise condo overlooking the city and beautiful sunsets were mine most every day. I was traveling and seeing new sights. I had made new friends and I had a sweetheart with a big heart and integrity written all over him. My kids were doing well and my Grands are just grand!
I have it pretty stinking good!
Then I realized what I needed to do to get my attitude adjusted:
- Eggs will fall to the floor and they will not affect my life. All these little irritations in life are just that. Don’t let them spoil your day and laugh instead of cuss or fume. Plus – while cleaning up the eggs, I cleaned the floor and now it sparkles.
- Stalling is for a reason. Maybe you are heading in the wrong direction and God wants you to slow down. Maybe there is danger ahead and He’s trying to direct you to another place. Getting upset is not the answer. Stopping, slowing down and looking for the right path to success is the key. It may not be in your DNA but maybe it’s time to learn how to change your DNA a little. It could save the deal. It could save your life. Be thankful for the stalls!
- Surprise information can be one of two things: 1) A great piece of information bringing wisdom or 2) A gossip or liar hoping to keep you from moving forward. Your job: Don’t believe everything you hear – research it yourself – don’t rush to conclusions – ask the One who made you for Wisdom and Discernment. If the surprise is inaccurate information, you haven’t hurt someone who didn’t do anything. If the surprise is correct, deal with it immediately and move that person out of your life or business. Liars and deceivers have no place in your world.
I looked up to heaven, smiled and shrugged at God. Okay, you win! I’ll just hang out here doing life and trusting You for everything. You haven’t failed me yet. Every season of my life has been pretty good – even with the eggs, stalling and surprises.
Fall is in the air and a new season is coming. I’m going to enjoy it.
I hope you will take time to slow down, hang out, put aside all the irritating stuff and look up to Him who made the air crisp, the leaves change and the sun rise every day. If you have a lot of drama in your life — get rid of it as soon as you can. Even if it means tough love — you must do it. Life is meant to be joyful and those who want to zap your joy need to zap out of your life until they get it together. There is a new season in town and it’s cool and comfortable.
Smile, relax, have fun. Visit a pumpkin patch, take a hayride, build a bonfire, drive to see the leaves change, and just breathe.
Peace, Love, Out,