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Grumbling Gratitude

You know the drill right? Snow is coming. Wait, a major snow storm is coming. Get those calves locked up, prep your livestock, get the snow boots out.

Well several days before Tuesday, the forecasts came in.  Hamilton County was to receive up to five inches of snow.  Maybe more. 

As the days got closer it was even more promising. The main focus was Syracuse and north. It was exciting!

And then, the night before prayer, “Lord, whatever you bring us we will be grateful for.”

Well Tuesday morning my mood was bordering on rotten. Snow that was going to come was going to be late. Then forecasts came in with updates and our chances and the inches declined  and declined.

By the time lunch came around I was agitated. I-70 was closed. Schools in other areas were dismissing and a flurry, maybe two, fell from the sky in Hamilton County. UGH!

I was mad at people who postponed events. Clearly it was their fault. Or was it mine for posting the possible forecasts too early? 

Then a friend was supposed to get back with me. In my agitated state, I was irritated at her too. Then another then another.

Well, guess what? The friend did get back to me, the snow did come, and I realized my attitude was the problem. I wanted control. And we can’t control the weather.  
Waiting isn’t hard when you know the outcome.

That is where faith comes in. And my faith was weak.

Funny, I have given away my last dollar and truly believed deep in my soul it would be fine.  I have witnessed, experienced and heard miracles.

But goodness if the weather forecast says there will be a lot of snow and it doesn’t happen how and when I want it, I turn into a faithless child throwing a tantrum.

Three inches of snow fell to the ground on Tuesday afternoon. Three beautiful wet inches of snow.

And I probably would have been more grateful if I hadn’t known how many inches were “supposed” to fall.

My expectations get me every time! The truth is life is filled with glory and joy and heartache and sorrow. And sometimes all of those can happen within minutes of each other.

My control issues had created the idea in my head that if something goes bad, the whole day is ruined. In truth it’s just a moment. I honestly have no idea what is around the corner.  No one does.

In the right frame of mind that can make life exciting. It can also be scary.

Maybe you said to yourself, “Don’t bother hoping, see what you get?”

Or maybe we look back at our experiences and say, “Thank you! I have been provided for. And I am sorry if I doubted.”

After all, we are human. We laugh, we cry, we hope, we expect and we throw mental tantrums.

Have you heard of carrying a God journal? It’s a  notebook that we write down all the amazing things He has done for us. So in our darkest days we can remember.

No, I am not comparing snow, or lack of, to the loss of a loved one to death or addiction. I am saying we can lose sight of His glory. And sometimes whatever the circumstance, we need reminders that He will never leave us, nor forsake (abandon) us.

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before--more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.” - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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