The ups and the downs

Day 31 of 31 Days of October – Roses Among The Thorns

Life is prone to vicissitude.

It is rainy and chilly on this last day of October here in the bluegrass land.  It’s necessary and right. The ground needs the rain.  All our days cannot be sunny, else the trees and flowers would dry up and wither from lack of moisture.

I have my sunny days and my rainy days.  So do you.

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Shining mornings when the world looks bright and lovely, I long to go outside, take a walk, pick some flowers, invite someone over, do a happy dance.



Thunder and lightening can send me running to batten down the hatches, secure what may blow away, escape indoors because a storm is coming.  Safe inside, I can settle in with a good book and a cup of hot coffee.  Or I can watch the fury outside and fret that we are all going to blow away.

My emotions can run up and down like the weather.  Some days I am faith-filled and can believe to see the goodness of God.  Then there are days of dog-tiredness, bone-weariness when I wonder how I’m going to get through this putting one foot in front of another, and does God even know I am down here?

The weather and the week have changed my plans completely today.  What was to be a fun excursion has turned into a day at home trying to catch up.  It’s been quite a week.  I will miss time anticipated with a friend, good conversation, and the wandering of antique and thrift stores as we had planned.  My friend and I, we talk a bit this morning about what to do.  She reads a devotion to me.  Tears threaten to fall like the rain.  I am encouraged to trust.

And I want to put good use to this day turned upside down.

I will place today in the hands of the One who fashioned my days before time began, He who knows my thoughts and the words that are about to come out of my mouth.  I will trust Him for the present moment, for it is a present, and pray that my spirit will attune to His Spirit for what He is working out in me.

I want to honor this day as a gift, the Lord’s day.  And I want to rejoice and be glad in it.

This ends the October journey, my friends.  I am thankful you have joined me and encouraged me along the way.  While I won’t be posting every day, I am committed to continue sharing my words with you, and I pray that in some way we will be strengthened by grace from the Word who was made flesh.

For a list of the days of October, go here please.

3 thoughts on “The ups and the downs

  1. I have always loved to read your blogs and I envy you your gift of words that paint a colorful and beautiful picture. You brighten my day.

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