Sunday, September 08, 2019
Sunday Afternoon Tea - When Distractions are a Good Thing
This last week was one of the strangest and most troubling in a very long time. My husband was in the hospital and decisions had to be made with family members via email, phone calls, and a continuing conversation on Facebook Message. He is home now and we pray all will be well but there is also the element of an unknown outcome.
As with all things in life, we pray for specifics but also that God's will be done in everything. I have gained peace not through circumstances, although I do appreciate days when there is no drama at all... but knowing that He loved me enough to send his son to pay the price to take back what was lost in Eden.
My hope is in a future going Home but in the meantime there is the reality of day to day living. I am certain that as long as we have breath, we have a purpose. Even though it is difficult to plan when everything is turned upside down. I know that it is easy to become anxious when the immediate future is uncertain.
The photo above was published first on Instagram, taken of the lovely yellow rose I had purchased. While I admire red roses and other colors... and there is a place for them in my home from time to time... my favorite rose color has always been yellow. The color that makes me happy.
The day after my husband came home from the hospital, I needed to get away for a few hours just to relax and forget any trials for awhile. So I went to Barnes and Noble to peruse magazines and enjoyed my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season at the Starbucks in the book store.
I drove to my favorite antique mall and then walked through my favorite store that sells Primitive decorations where I bought a bouquet of Sweet Annie. The single yellow rose came from Kroger, the closest place I know that has individual roses for sale at a great price.
While getting away for a few hours did nothing for my circumstances, it helped me immensely. Doing what brings joy is a balm to the spirit that we all need. At one time that may have been hiking favorite trails or sitting on the sand for awhile on the shores of Lake Michigan. It may be a cup of coffee at a favorite coffee shop or reaching for an old favorite novel to reread.
Yes, I had been reading the Bible all week. I had started memorizing Psalm 23 in the version I have been reading for the last few years. One verse at a time and pondering each verse for days before going on to another. What a gift it has been.
I had watched a few movies and perused a book on the Kindle but honestly, except for memorizing the Psalm again, it was hard to settle my thinking for very long. That is where my mini-vacation of a few hours came in.
If you are dealing with anything the world is throwing at you... and we all do once in awhile... I highly recommend flowers and a cup of good coffee... and a Psalm.
Photo: @coffeeteabooksandme on Instagram (I haven't been posting a lot this summer!)