What Can Happen in an Hour

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But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” Exodus 17:3

Sometimes the simplest of words bring the biggest lessons home to me.

I would not have told you that I am upset by my current health setback.  I've admitted to fear of what all is happening again, but upset?  Resentment? Even anger?

Had you asked, my reply would have been something like this.  "Why ... no.  I'm handling this pretty well, thank you.  I'm not upset."

Ummmmmm.

Perhaps that isn't quite accurate.

<looks up to ceiling and whistles a tune ....>

My question is  ... why didn't I recognize it sooner?

Last night was a restless night in my recliner.  I leaned it up and back - rearranged pillows, took pain pills and was generally unhappy.  I found myself wishing I could lie on a "real" bed and stretch out to sleep.

I found myself feeling angry that I was "stuck" in this chair.

I've felt the same way about my wheelchair.  Most days I simply hate the fact that I have to use it.

This morning, I started reading my emails.  That is my way of waking up - or as I joke about it ... coming to life.  It seems to take a lot to get me thinking and functioning and reading helps me do just that.

I was blessed with some lovely emails from readers.  (I do so love to hear from you!)

As I read the last one, I received a bit of  a start.  I'm sure the writer had no idea that God was going to use her words to truly wake me up this morning.

What did she say?

Well, she ended her note with this.

 "Don't you just love the comfort of the recliner?"

What?

Love it ... no.  Why I'm so tired of having to ...

Then suddenly, I began thinking of the very first day I got my recliner.

I was so thrilled.  No more waking up in pain from having to lie on the mattress.  No more tossing and turning as my hips got aggravated by pressure.  

I've mentioned before that this was my dad's chair.  I've written that it felt like my dad was hugging me.

How quickly I forgot all of that!  

Instead of viewing this recliner as the blessing it has been to me ... I began complaining (at least inwardly) that I had to use it instead of a bed!

The same for my wheelchair.  I remember the first time I sank down gratefully into a wheelchair, while out shopping.  I simply couldn't walk anymore.  But I was able to continue to shop.

Blessings rained down on me that I simply forgot about.

More and more I learn how my attitude can be so like those of the Israelites during their exodus from Egypt.  I know I often wondered how they could forget so quickly all the things God had done for them.

I have to admit I hate being convicted of these things!

Yet, as I come before the Father admit these shortfalls, I feel my attitude change.

Gratitude begins to fill my soul.

This old recliner?  Yes, I'm blessed to have it.  I could have woken up this morning in even more pain that I have now.  And my wheelchair - well, it gets me where I need to go.

I sometimes picture God looking down at His children and shaking His head with a rueful smile on his place, wondering, "When will they learn?"

I'm so grateful our God is a loving and forgiving God. I'm grateful that He gives us nudges and pokes to get us going back in the right direction.  (Although, sometimes I think He needs to use a sledge hammer with me!)

I'm grateful for my readers.

I'm grateful I can write this blog.

Those are a given that I am always grateful for -

but ... right now  I'm grateful for my recliner - and my wheelchair.

An hour ago wouldn't have caught me saying that.

Father God, Thank you for the little things you use to help us along this difficult path.  It's so easy to get discouraged and upset.  It's so easy to forget all You have done in the past and get stuck in the present moment of pain.  Help us to continue to look back at all You have done and look forward to what You will do - remembering the love You have for us today.  Amen and amen.

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