I was challenged today by this familiar verse from Ecclesiastes, along with these words from Shauna Niequist:
"I believe this way of living, this focus on the present, the daily, the tangible, this intense concentration not on the news headlines but on the flowers growing in your own garden, the children growing in your own home, this way of living has the potential to open up the heavens, to yield a glittering handful of diamonds where a second ago there was coal."
I am so happy and grateful to be settling into our lovely, comfortable new home, but also find that I can be easily distracted by the mud that literally, completely surrounds us. Sucked in to the muck of a second Spring with no grass or flowers, things that made my soul feel peaceful. Obviously, patience is not one of my strong points :p The yard is going to be a long, expensive, labor intensive process but wise King Solomon says it is time to eat, drink and be glad so joy can accompany the toil :) So here's to seeing "a glittering handful of diamonds where a second ago there was coal"...or mud :)