>> Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Isn't it funny how when things are going well (or at least, what WE think of as going "well!"), it's so much easier to FEEL thankful?! If gratitude has indeed become a habit or a practice, we still find things to be thankful for regardless of the circumstances, but man, I tell ya, I sure don't FEEL it the same as I do when it's been a "good" week!! And this has been a great week!
The sky has been clear and the sun has been shining EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. since last Tuesday, and Friday's two-hour drive to the eye specialist's office was perfect. The roads were clear and dry, I had a good friend along for some great conversation, and I'd remembered my sunglasses!
My eye was thoroughly poked and prodded and examined again and suddenly, the doctor said, "Hey, there's a piece of thread or something in there!" He had to look away to pick up a cotton swab and then had to dig around a bit again to find it and swipe it out, but he figures that's what's been causing all the irritation since the beginning of February. I'm not convinced, since there's still been no change. While I think I've maybe felt less irritation in it since Friday, I can still feel it and the appearance is unchanged. In any case, doc said there was no sign of disease whatsoever and that even if the redness never completely went away, it wasn't "outside the realm of normal." Whatever THAT means! So I suppose I'm cured.
I'm thankful for the lessons God is teaching me about surrender. Last winter, it was personal finances. This winter it's been my eyes. They've been hard lessons, and quite honestly ~ just between you and me ~ if this were a normal classroom, I think there would be further testing. I know I didn't handle this well. But I'm so thankful for God's grace and that He loves me anyway.
I'm thankful The 'Man just happens to have the week off and we can spend part of the girls' Spring Break in The Big City visiting family. We haven't been there since Christmas, so it's high time.
I'm thankful we're finally seeing some indication that spring is on its way. We still have a LO-O-ONG way to go, but it's been steadily melting a little bit more each day. SOMEDAY, we will see green grass again! I'm so thankful God is in control of the seasons.
And that winter isn't forever ~ even though it almost always feels like it!