shovel, breathe… shovel, breathe

OK, no one thought of a better theme, so this is the one.  It shouldn’t be too hard to think of 40 different things (one for each day of Lent) that seem bad, but actually have a lot of good.  Not that we want to be shallow here; after all, no one is going to say that there is actually something good about things like… children going through intense suffering, for example.  But there are a lot of times that seem very bad–a total mess in fact–that are actually instances of God working out His plan…

Think of Joseph being thrown into a pit and sold into slavery:  he later told his brothers himself, that God did it on purpose so that they could be saved during the famine.  Think of Naomi losing two sons and her husband, and later becoming ancestor to Messiah (if that’s the right way to say it).  Think of the total mess the disciples were in, watching the crowds cry “crucify Him!”  It sure didn’t seem to them that God was actually carrying out a plan here.

Sooo… good things about Bad Thing #1:  2 feet of snow to shovel this morning!

  • no need to get on the treadmill today
  • fresh air
  • neighbours actually talking to you
  • the bonding-factor of everyone having to do this hard work at 6:30 am
  • brightness and beauty of the scenery
  • the chance to show off 4WD
  • how good a hot cup of coffee tastes after that job!

And even though this post is long already, gotta share this with you:

“I hate all this silly religion,
but you, GOD, I trust.
I’m leaping and singing in the circle of your love;
you saw my pain,
you disarmed my tormentors,
You didn’t leave me in their clutches
but gave me room to breathe.”
(from Psalm 31)

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