Today was a rough day. It was one of those Mondays where you just want to pull the warm covers back over your head and pretend you don’t have any other responsibilities other than sleeping. The weather outside reflected my mood perfectly, cold and dreary with an occasional downpour. I woke up worried about my dad’s brain surgery and dreading all the dirty laundry and dust bunnies that lay before me. I had nothing fun planned for the day except an extra heaping of housework with a heavy side of cranky two-year-old. Ugh.
Our washer has been giving us some trouble lately, but the hubby messed with it and thought the problem had been solved. Three loads in, the problem decided to rear its ugly head once again–water poured out the top, down the back, over the floor, on the carpet, and yes, out of the ceiling downstairs. Ugh. It was not a good day.
As I was using a small syringe to suck up water out of the laundry pan and off of the floor (yes, I realize there MUST have been a better way to have done that) and muttering laundry-machine-curses under my breath, I looked up at the little signs I made not too long ago during my laundry closet makeover. One sign says, “I can do all things through Jesus who gives me strength….even laundry” and the other says, “Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.” I then laughed out loud. In His wisdom, He must have known I would REALLY be needing these reminders in the not-too-distant future.
With the laundry machine on the fritz and my morning completely taken up with damage control, I decided to scrap the housework for the day and treat myself to a nap. In my pre-nap reading, I read the following sentence that seemed to firework off the page at me, “Looking at the world from an upside down place may actually give you the impetus to see your circumstances from a new perspective.” Wow. I have been in an upside down place for a long time now, and I am so grateful for the reminders to gain a new perspective, to renew a right spirit, to cling to Jesus’ strength, and to certainly not cry over spilled water.