After a record-setting week of cold temps – it is great to be above freezing once again – even into the 40’s.
Last Sunday I came home from church and did not go out again until this past Saturday. My husband took me to Applebee’s for lunch.
I have been to Applebees many times to eat. It is always good food and I enjoy it. But somehow the food seemed to taste better than normal. My drink was more refreshing. As I sat and enjoyed just talking with my husband and savoring being out and about again, I realized it was somehow better because of the days spent cooped inside.
Life I think can be like that. We go along just taking things for granted until we hit a rough spot. While going through a difficult time is not easy or something we would willingly choose, maybe those difficult times help us appreciate the good times we have.
I know after my battle with cancer I cherish just being alive – seeing the sunset, the leaves turn colors in the fall, hearing the laughter of my grandchildren, or my husband say “I love you.”
After spending time as a missionary I appreciate running, clean hot water, refrigeration for my food and electricity 24/7.
After a couple of days of warm weather it appears we will return to winter temps. But I have hope. Spring is only 26 days away.
And God’s Word has promised us:
“As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter,
day and night will never cease.”
If you are in a tough time right now, I want to encourge you to hang in there – spring will come.
If life is going great for you right now, don’t take it for granted. Take time to just stop, look around and be thankful.