It’s been raining heavily the past few days, which has suited my mood. I’m in a place of confusion and wondering when there will be a break through in certain situations I find in my life. I see no way out, no way of improving things.
The children both went for a rest earlier this morning, and I came down to the kitchen with a heavy heart to make a hot drink. I looked out of the window while waiting for the kettle to boil, and there on my lawn (I say lawn loosely as it is more a churned up section of mud with tufts of grass in patches after having two dogs and children trekking around on it) was a blackbird. He was out there in the pelting rain and wind gathering his meal for the day. He looked unaffected by the adverse conditions around him; more like he was rather enjoying it as there was food aplenty for him. After he had his fill, he hopped up onto the fence and lifted his little head into the rain seemingly soaking it in and rejoicing.
I heard a little voice inside reminding me, that even though things may look bleak and unchangeable, and even if it doesn’t feel like it, there is opportunity in every season of life. And much like the blackbird needs the not so nice weather conditions to bring more worms to the surface, so we also need storms in our life so they can shape our character and teach us valuable lessons.
Nothing has changed about my situation since seeing the blackbird, but my heart feels a little lighter and more encouraged knowing that even if I don’t see it yet, there is some good, some opportunity to come out of it.
Today is election day here in the UK. After voting closes this evening and all votes have been counted, we will find out what direction and shape our government is going to take for the next 5 years. It is easy to fret and worry over which party will win. Will the right party get it? Will they make the right decisions for the country? This morning I was reminded of the verse in Philippians chapter 3 that states: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Things today may not go the way you or I hope they will, but we must also remember that our true citizenship is not of this world, and there is One greater who knows and understands and is in control of the outcome. And in the wise words of John Newton: “People do their country more service by pleading for it in prayer than by finding fault with things they have no power to alter.” Be encouraged today.
So, it’s been 9 months since our rainbow baby made her entry into the world.
I think we have all now adjusted to life with Rainbow Baby and being a family of 4. Miss E took to her baby sister much better than I ever dreamed she would. She absolutely adores Rainbow Baby who adores her in return. There is so much laughter from them both when they are together.
Rainbow Baby is an absolute delight. She is full of smiles and giggles, and she knows how to use her voice. She isn’t shy in getting her thoughts and opinions known especially when it comes to meal times. 🙂 Needless to say we have all enjoyed getting to know Rainbow Baby and she has brought so much to our family already. We are looking forward to many more months and years with her. Happy 9 months, baby girl!