Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Record Highs and Sunny Skies

Well, don't I feel sheepish. I mean really. I had my blog all Christmas-y way after the holidays... and you can probably guess in light of that fact, that I have no trouble wearing white shoes well after Labor Day and I still have an occasional shoulder pad in my closet. I'm a rebel, what can I say?

The last few months have been very full. And I really must catch up. But the truth is that I've been spending a lot of time outside. It's been warmer here in Arizona than usual, in fact, there have been days of record highs... lots and lots of record highs. And somehow my life has been following the lead of these sun-drenched days...

In fact, my days have been so filled with sunshine and blue skies, it's almost one of those things you don't want to say out loud for fear of jinxing it.... sort of like when I'm on the phone and tell the person with whom I'm speaking, "Wow, the girls are playing so well and so quietly... we just may get to have a decent conversation." You should NEVER say things like that out loud...

So for fear of making a rookie mistake, I will say aloud for all the (cyber) world to hear (read)... My life is good. Exceptional really. Everything is just flowing along so well, it seems almost too easy. M. and Orion haven't been sick for as long as I can remember. They are growing and flourishing. Marriage is solid. Mentally, physically and spiritually I feel great. Family is good. Love my in-laws. Even my homemade soups haven't been better. So what? What does a girl do when everything around her is in a record high phase??? Well upon reflection, (because that's what I do here) I've realized that it is during record highs and sunny skies that you have the ability to see well beyond what you are normally able to see. And what I've been seeing lately are record lows and cloudy times... of others.

And with this ability to see beyond my record highs, my prayers include not only thankfulness for my own blessings but also requests for some sunshine for others.... for twins, for triplets, for moms with breast cancer and dads with skin cancer, for unsaved children and people who are searching... for themselves and the truth. I'm praying for rest and renewal for one and hope and salvation for a few. I'm praying for the healing of broken legs and broken hearts and broken nations. I'm praying for some with depression and some without jobs. I'm praying for wisdom and grace and chances to share the sunshine that I have been given with those who are sitting in the darkness. And it is my privilege and honor to do so, because I know that I am walking in record highs right now, because others were on their knees for me all throughout my record lows.