Anxious moment here! Are you as shocked as me?!
It’s August already! Exactly where has the time gone. June and July has quickly slipped into the past as the year moves full steam ahead.
Looking back, the crazy high temperatures in July created heat wave warnings across many regions of our country. I saw numerous lawns, including our own, go through several different shades of brown. I’ve seen melted ice-cream dripping through tiny fingers before eager mouths could enjoy the tasty treat.
And listen, my husband and I just received the water bill that shows the high price of performing CPR on grass-roots and flower beds. Believe me, I was as happy to see the bill as I was when my own cherry jubilee flavoured ice cream fell off its cone. However, a green lawn and a healthy, manicured garden seems to bring great joy to my husband. In that case, I would say it was money well spent. Thank God, the hydro bill was a bit more gentle on our heart muscles and our bank account.
So, here we are in August. A bit cooler than July. I am trying not to bemoan the fact that it seem to have arrived just a little too quickly.
Though I try not to complain about hot weather, I certainly welcome tolerable temperatures. Temperatures still warm but cool enough for comfortable evening walks with our fur baby. Weather perfect for backyard barbecues, picnics in the park and enjoyable strolls along the beach. Even as I write this, I can imagine my husband curling his eyes at the idea of me suggesting that we walk bear-footed through the water on our ‘beaches’.
Anxious? Who Me?
But seriously, I’m already having heart palpitations over the weather. August came in looking a bit like September. Slightly cooler than I expected, with over cast skies and rain clouds hovering low but seemingly unable to dump their moisture. For me this means we are closer to fall. Which means closer to…dare I say it, winter!!
Summer is not over yet, is it?!!! Please say no!!
I’m a warm weather girl, transplanted from a warm country. I love shorts and sandals, ice-cold lemonade and mango salsa salad. Sincerely grateful and feeling truly blessed to live in this great country, I still occasionally find my self wondering…
“Girl, how have you made it through 36 years of freezing rain, blinding blizzards and knee-deep snow?”
I’m not really sure but then that question makes me think of the verse in Philippians 4:6
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything (every situation) by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
Cold weather with snow and ice makes me anxious. So I have to live with the belief that in the fine print of this verse, God must have also included harsh winters in the “be anxious for nothing” command. How else does a Caribbean gal make it through 36 bone freezing North American winters?
Recently, I had an encounter with discouragement. You know, the kind where you wake up in the morning and you’re feeling blah. Even though the sun is shining and the birds are singing, you don’t really hear and you don’t really see. At first, you can’t even put into words what you are feeling. All you know is that you are feeling out of sync.
It takes a little while for you to realize that your cares are weighing heavily on your heart. Things are just not going the way you would like them to. It seems inconceivable that things will change anytime soon and you are left feeling overwhelmed.
Yes, discouragement is like that sometimes, kind of just rearing its ugly head up at you.
Honestly though, discouragement doesn’t always come on suddenly. Like the instances when you lose your job or find out that someone’s been gossiping about you. Sometimes its more like a slow brew. A mixture of anxious thoughts thrown in with a little fear, a few dashes of disappointments and a sprinkle of doubt. Before long the mixture blends together, pushing out your joy and creating in you a sense of hopelessness.
And that was where I found myself.
So how did I get past it?
5 Things I Did To Move Beyond Discouragement
1. I prayed. I prayed by myself and I prayed with my hubby. There is nothing more comforting than been able to pour my heart out to God.
2. I reached out for some encouragement. Sometimes a girl just need to hear a few kind words to pick her up and lift her spirit. To all of you who loved on me and prayed for me, a big THANK YOU!!
3. Went for coffee with a trusted friend. Someone who would listen, love on me but at the same time speak truthfully to me. Our conversation and time together was a true blessing, so much so we forgot to order our coffee.
4. I reached out and encouraged someone else. It was wonderfully amazing how therapeutic it was to love on my sister-in-law who is still going through a difficult time.
5. I turned up the music!! Music, especially worship music, is like honey running down a sour throat. It calmed, soothed and healed as I reflected on God’s goodness. I was able to focus on God instead of myself.
Sitting across the small table from my friend, I listened as she urged me to live in the present. Stop worrying about tomorrow, she said, there’s enough to deal with for today. So true are her words, they literally echo Matthew 6:25,34
“..do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
To some extent that’s partially what I was doing, projecting my vision too far ahead. You see, I cannot change the weather anymore than I can change some of the circumstances of life. For that reason there’s absolutely no point sitting down fretting and been anxious about it. I simply have to keep trusting God as I face each day one at a time.
So my plan right now, is to keep on enjoying the rest of summer. There is still quite a few wonderful weeks of it left before Fall comes around. And, since God was quite capable in bringing me through 36 nose dripping, bone chilling winters, He is more than able to take me through the next one. Just as He’ll take me through the circumstances life throws my way. Just as He’ll take you through too.
So let’s keep journeying together by faith today. God bless!
P.S. I just bought myself another cherry jubilee ice cream and it was good!!