There are times when we all need to reflect, if only for a few minutes. It’s not that difficult to manage, even in the midst of a great whirlpool of busyness. I like to settle into our comfy sofa with a mug of coffee while I gaze through the windows into our woods and let my mind wander.
I’ve found that as I sip my coffee and take in God’s creation, my mind usually lights on things that need contemplation.
When God moved us to Virginia, we purchased a home in a neighborhood that was just being built. Only one other house was occupied on our street when we moved in.
I yearned for a neighbor who could be my friend. Ideally, I wanted a woman about my age who shared at least some of my interests. And so, I waited patiently for this unknown woman and her family to buy a house on my street.
After 15 months, the sound of a chain saw roused me one morning. I was thrilled to see that the lot next to ours was finally being prepared for a new house because I just knew the friend I longed for was going to buy that house and my happily ever after would soon come to fruition.
So when the realtor told me that a young couple with two little ones and a newborn purchased the house that I thought my unknown woman friend should buy, I was not happy. Not at all.
You see, I am a writer and writers need quiet so they can concentrate and create stories. Visions of loud plastic wheels scraping on the pavement outside my office window made me close my eyes and shudder. Noisy children have the potential to interrupt a creative streak. I did the math and I was not happy.
I should know by now that God’s plans are not our plans.
So I turned to prayer. I asked God to give me a loving heart toward my new neighbors (who I knew would be yelling at their very loud children!).
But God could see a much bigger picture and He did so much more than what I asked.
It turns out that the three little children are beautifully behaved. And quiet. Their parents are a delight. The family of five are the smiling-est people I’ve ever encountered, and they never fail to say hello.
Whenever the older children see my husband and me, they run straight to us and jump into our arms. The baby looks at us and smiles. Memories of our own children when they were little ones ignite and glow in our hearts each time we see the three little treasures next door.
The parents nearly always take a minute or more to chat with hubby and me when we’re outside. I often wonder if they realize how much joy they and their beauties bring into our lives.
Isn’t that just like God? He took my prayer request and answered it better than I could have imagined. But I might have not been aware of His blessing had I not taken time to be still and ponder.
My empty mug signals the end of my reflection time and I walk back to my computer to create. You see, I am a writer and I need to be surrounded by joy.
Take a few minutes to reflect on your life, especially if you feel frustrated or trapped. What hidden blessings are revealed to you as you relax and let your mind contemplate?
You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 (ESV)
TO GOD BE THE GLORY