Monday, July 18, 2011

Thanks In the Time of Drought

When the days drift by in a haze of unrelenting heat and sun, it is all too easy to let the heart become a bit melancholy. Even those of us who perpetually see the glass half-full tend to get weighted down with the dull sameness.

We long for change - for the refreshing rain to fall, to wash away the dust and lift the heavy blanket of scorching heat. When billowy clouds hide the sun, we look upward daring to hope, but it is only a temporary reprieve. In such seasons it is easy to lose focus - to fail to see the blessings. They are there, despite the cracked earth and dry grass. He is always there, if we have eyes to see:

- cardinals, a half dozen or more, playing in the bird bath

- a fresh breeze first thing in the morning, to make the morning walk pleasant

- little wild flowers growing on the side of the road

- a house kept cool with air conditioning

- ice cubes crackling in glasses of iced tea

- fresh fruit

- star-filled nights

- people gathering to pray for rain

- music to lift the spirit

- the promises in His Word

- time spent with friends

- telephone calls from Paris

- a letter (a real live letter in the mail box and everything!) from a friend

- the beautiful Crepe Myrtle trees so full of flowers

- the spirit and heart of ranchers and farmers facing the loss of everything dear to them

- knowing, knowing by heart, that God is good

Joining with the community at Ann's today.

May His richest blessings fill your hearts,