Yesterday was a very busy day.
My morning stated at 6:15 when the alarm went off. I lazed a few minutes in bed but did not linger due to the very busy day I had ahead of me.
I had spent the past two week getting ready for the orientation of my bible study that is about to start next week.
Arriving at the church a full 30 minutes early in order to give myself PLENTY of time to get my room ready AND have a bit of quiet time before the rest of the member arrived was my hope. Now one of my pet peeves is tardiness. I don’t like to be late and I don’t like folks who are chronically late. However I was looking forward to a few moments of quiet to focus my thoughts when just after I walked in the door to my classroom one of the members shows up and there went my plan. So much for my focus.
Seeing as it was orientation our business was conclude rather quickly and thankfully I was able to move on the the next item on my list. Taking the dog to the vet. Several months ago he had an unfortunate incident and broke one of the nails on his paw. It was a rather painful situation not to mention a bit costly. Well I had to take him to the vet again as he had broken the nail on the opposite foot. This one begin a bit more severe and required some sedation for the vet to be able to fix the broken nail.
So after handing over the credit card and calculating the amount of time between standing in the vet’s office and the amount of time it will take me to get the dog back home and get to the school and pick up the DD and then get to our next appointment on time I begin feel the stress begin to build up within my overflowing mental basket.
So I hop out of the car still running in the driveway take the dog into the house settle him in his crate upon a comfy pillow hop back ion the car and drive the high school to get the girlchild and then drive to the doctors office for her last visit with the orthopedic surgeon.
“Ma’m it’s been a year since you have been in the office, you will need to fill out this paper work!”
“But none of our information has changed….”
“I’m sorry ma'm you still need to fill out the forms….”
So I had to fill out about a billion forms and sort through the multiple pages because there was one paragraph in English and then one paragraph in Spanish and I had to give them all the very same information that they already had in their computer so they could make sure that all my information was exactly the same.
The one bright spot, the doctor did tell us that unless there is a problem we will no longer need to have any further follow up visits. He still advises against placing her in extreme situation such as bungee jumping (I feel safe that for now I don’t have to worry about that) but other than that she has been released to normal activates. This is a good thing.
We move on on to the next scheduled stop of the day which was the church, but before arriving there we have to turn my mini van into a taxi and pick up the required friend before heading to supper then the weekly youth and prayer shawl activities.
By this time we where running a bit ahead of schedule and the Lord was kind to me and provided me with a wonderful few minutes of quiet in the family center before the general population came in for supper. So I sat in the cool place with my feet propped up in a chair and just let the quite (and garlic bread aroma) swirl around me.
Muffinhead and family came for supper so I got a wonderful influx of grandbaby love which did this tired woman a world of good.
We get home to a relieved puppy who was limping around with a bandaged paw looking very pathetic…poor thing!
The hubs was out of town so I took pity on my puppy and allowed him to sleep at the foot of my bed. Y’all don’t tell the hubs or he would have a fit!
I woke this morning after having a fitful night of rather unpleasant dreams. Not the horrible nightmare kind of dreams, but the kind of dreams where I was in all kinds of really stressful situation. You know how dreams flit from one situation to another with no connection or explanation. I was lost and couldn't find something really important, or I had muffinhead with me and we were in a very large crowd and I was very concerned that I would not be able to find the place where we we supposed to be or find her parents and I knew that the hubs was somewhere waiting on me, there was one random part of the dream where I was having to explain to some rather angry authority figure why the books were not in balance and he wanted to know where all his money had gone….needless to say I woke feeling a not so good. I think it was leftover residue from the long and stressful day I had had yesterday.
But here is where the bit of perspective comes in.
I was feeling a bit out of sorts, overwhelmed and a bit unprepared for the day activities. All mostly connected to balancing checkbooks, sorting mail, paying bills, and doing all the thing that make me a little nuts.
Coffee first….bill second, that is always the best order of alignment. So I was nursing my first cup of coffee and pulled up my facebook and began to catch up on all the new status updates. A friend shares about a loved on who is in the end stages of a debilitating illness and is days, even hours from joining our Heavenly Father.
My fitful night and previous stressful day is instantly put into perspective.
Lord forgive me for whining and complaining. Help me to remember that there are those who truly understanding the meaning of suffering and to keep them in my thoughts and prayers every day.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.
18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
your love, O LORD, supported me.
19 When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought joy to my soul.