Every day we have a choice to make about how we will handle what life throws our way. Will we look for the blessings, or will we focus on the negatives?
This morning life tried to give me lemons, and you know what I chose to do with them? No, I didn’t throw them back or squeeze them in someone’s eyes. I added some sugar and water and made lemonade that’s what. 😉
You see, I was taking my children to school this morning when I heard a strange sound. I quickly realized what was making that sound, a flat tire.
I pulled off the road and turned on my flashers. My husband was still at home getting ready to head to a conference, so I gave him a call and asked him to quickly pick up the kids and take them on to school. Then, I called my parents, and my dad offered to help change the tire.
It took both my husband and my dad to get the spare tire off of the bottom of my truck. First, they couldn’t get it off, and then the jack my dad brought quit working. This required a trip back to our house to get another jack.
Finally, they were able to get the spare tire on my truck. I had been on the highway, in my pajamas, with my hair in disarray, and without clean teeth for approximately an hour and 15 minutes.
My husband wanted me to get four new tires put on our truck, so I quickly got dressed and headed to town. Almost 5 hours after leaving the first time, I was back home.
Now, I could have chosen to let the flat tire fiasco of 2012 ruin my day and let it fill me with negative thoughts. However, I chose to follow the Bible verse I posted on my Facebook page this morning.
So, with these Bible verses in mind, I want to share with you all of the ways God blessed my family in this situation.
- My husband was home because he was going to a conference. Normally, he would have been gone to work. However, this morning he was able to quickly get the kids from me, take them to school so they weren’t tardy, help my father change my tire, and help me talk to the tire people about getting new tires all before he headed to his conference.
- My father was still home and was able to come to our aid and help my husband change the tire.
- My kids weren’t late to school.
- Two high school boys, who are also on my brother’s cross country team, turned their vehicles around to come back and find out if I needed help.
- The weather was beautiful instead of cold and rainy like earlier in the week. This meant that my husband and dad didn’t get wet while changing the tire.
- I was only 5 minutes from home with help nearby instead of far away or on a busy road.
- We had the funds to not only get a new tire to replace the flat/unrepairable tire, but we were able to get 4 new tires. In previous, leaner times I would have been panicked wondering how we would pay for just one new tire.
- No one seemed to notice that I was still in my pajamas and my hair wasn’t fixed. 🙂 Well, this really isn’t a blessing, but it has taught me to make sure I am ready for anything before leaving my home.
Yes, God truly blessed me today, just as he does every day. Those lemons tried to make my attitude sour, but God was able to instead let me see His sweet blessings and give Him thanks.
Have you had a situation recently where you were able to turn lemons into lemonade?