Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Dead Mouse

I often use my laptop as a cookbook.  Not exactly a smart idea as I cannot get through the recipe without splattering a bit of batter or a dusting of flour on my machine.  Today I was scanning my favorite recipe sites when my mouse died.  I use a wireless one as I strongly dislike using my touchpad.

Now having dead batteries in my mouse is such a minor annoyance, but it was so irritating. I looked accusingly at Abby sitting next to me as she often borrows my mouse when I'm not watching her and attempts to chew on it.  The red light on the bottom is mesmerizing. I repeatedly slammed it into the couch thinking the batteries were only loose, but they weren't.  They were lifeless.  Abby looked a little puzzled to see her mother get so upset with the mouse.

Our days can be going along quite swimmingly when suddenly a minor irritation pops it's ugly head.  I remember reading a quote that said "I'm an angel as long as no one ruffles my feathers."  Isn't that the truth?  It's easy to be good when life is good.  But what about minor difficulties, like a car that won't start, a broken family heirloom, a child that makes you late to an appointment?  How do you react?  If you can't react with grace, peace and thankfulness in your heart during the minor stresses how will you react when God takes away a love one, or you are diagnosed with cancer, or a child rebels against your authority?

Right now I'm going through a bit of a personal challenge.  I don't know what the outcome will be, but it almost seems as if it's easier to turn this situation over to God than to deal with the minor irritations.   I find that getting enough sleep, eating a healthier diet, keeping an ongoing dialogue with God and spending time feasting on His Word are all helpful steps when it comes to living a grace-filled life.
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. II Corinthians 12:9-10
Are you content in the midst of your weaknesses (not sins, of course)?  Do you allow the peace that only God can give to fill your heart during trying moments?  This is what I desire for myself.  Every morning I need to be reprogrammed so that I will remember who I am living for and what His purpose is for me.

Today I'm linked up with:
Beholding Glory


  1. What a timely post for me. This has been a really hard week, and I'm so thankful for reminders like this.
    Its so easy to get consumed with our troubles (in my case its a rebellious teenager)and to try to handle them ourselves rather than trust God and hand them over to Him.

  2. So timely for me as well! Thank you! I can't believe I have read that verse a thousand times and the "content" has never hit me like it did today. Thank you! I yield to the Lord. Oh Lord, thank you for this post and how you used it to spea to me. Help me trust you-help me be content right now, in the midst.

  3. I use my laptop as a "cook-book" also. The other night I had it on the counter while I was making pasta e fagioli soup. I am afraid one day I am going to ruin it.

    Yes, it is tough at times to go thru trials but there joy in knowing God ordained them and is specifically working a person to His glory and our good in them.

  4. God is good to speak to each us through the specific circumstances we face. Thank you for your kind comments.

    Gregg, I often perch my laptop on the highchair. Not a good location for curious little hands.

  5. Very true and timely post as I share many of the same thoughts and struggles. Thank you for sharing your heart and trust in Him!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...