Yesterday, I guess you could say this mama got a little brave & decided to bring the paint out.. I purchased pumpkins (so last minute) for each of us to paint. Yes paint (insert that face you’d make to your best friend like “ehh girl, you sure?”) Honestly though, I was really excited.. I knew painting vs trying to get a one year old & Ava who is as squirmy as they come to try & carve pumpkins.. Oh lord lol their attention span would last but a second!
It was really sweet, I laid out a drop cloth out in our backyard. Laid out the pumpkins, pretending like each of us were just going to pleasantly sit around “campfire style” & enjoy each others company. & well, enjoy each others company we certainly did.. But the kids were everywhere. Paint colors were blending so thickly together on the paper plates I had for the kids.. & instead of brushes I decided we’d use sponges to keep it much more easy for both kids to grasp.
& then in the middle of the chaos, I heard a word.
“Don’t focus so much on the mess, that you lose the presence of the blessings”. Like wow, hello. I was just here, chillen with the fam & got smacked with some depth.
Think about how easy it is for us to actually do the opposite.. Daniel & I are an incredible team. In fact, I am grateful too because I believe God designed us together to learn a lot from each other.. During our paint the pumpkins family time.. I could tell the mess, the paint going all over Ava, me, Brody & well him… was making him a bit antsy. & Here I was, getting a paint job up my entire left leg by Ava, & not as antsy.
Neither were wrong, but it was a physical insight to how so often we are operating from this place of trying to be present & in the moment, but so overwhelmed by the “mess” surrounding us that we lose sight of the blessings that are scattered within the present moments.
Don’t miss hear me, I understand that the weight of what you are carrying is not only heavy, but it is hard! & quite frankly if we’re both honest, maybe you’re in a season where you can really raise the question that what you’re walking through right this second doesn’t look to have any blessings, because you’re really going through a hard season. . I am not diminishing the trial you face.
Rather, I just want to send some encouragement your way.. Not every piece of that trial you face is in your control..so let down the weight of those pieces.. Shift your focus to the areas you can control & strengthen them, so the strengthen you in this season.
What would happen right now, if you took your focus away from the “mess” & focused on the blessings right in front of you?