March 7, 2011

Oh the events that God uses to teach us...

Yesterday was one of those no good, horrible, very bad days.... without elaborating too much, my patient load at work was way harder than I am used to or would ever care to have. Thankfully I had my orientee and a student nurse to share the load with. I listened to our local Christian radio station on the way to work and heard francesca battistelli's "this is the stuff" without knowing what my day was going to entail... and the Lord brought those lyrics to my mind all day as I would start to get frustrated...

"This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that's getting to me lately
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I'm blessed


This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I gotta trust You know exactly what You're doing
It might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use


So break me of impatience
Conquer my frustrations
I've got a new appreciation
It's not the end of the world"


How true are those lyrics... I had to remember to keep my attitude and emotions under control, that there were people watching how I was reacting and treating my patients and that I was probably learning something. I have to admit that I was not perfect, but I tried my hardest to keep my cool and to not complain.
Well, my sweet surprise came when I got home and Bryan had run me a bath with candles and had gotten mexican for takeout... and my baby was SUPER happy and gave me big smiles when I got home. We were exhausted and went to bed early- like 9 pm... 
and then woke up to our dog barfing at 3 am...

Our silly dog needs to be on the show strange addictions- she is addicted to eating fleece blankets. And then she throws up. In the midst of us being up and messing with her, Bryan came to a good conclusion... We give her such a good life, so much food, a comfortable bed, a warm house, take her to camp bow wow to play with other dogs and plenty of play time at home. Yet she does the ONE thing that constantly makes her sick. She is SO simple minded... why does she keep doing the same thing over and over again... when will she learn? then Bryan said...
This is probably how God feels about us.

We are SO simple minded. We think about the here and now. We are provided with more than we need, we have so many blessings, yet we complain and sin and do the things that we have done a million times before and then reap the consequences... when are we going to learn? when will we see the big picture and turn from our sinful ways?

So thank you God, with your wonderful sense of humor... for waking us up at 3 in the morning to a barfing dog to teach us something... I will NEVER cease to be amazed.

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