Do you remember that song from Tom Petty or am I the only one with my roots in the 80’s music? I love the oldies and those songs echo through the crevices in my brain every now and again. Waiting is the hardest part whether we are waiting for the woman of our dreams or that Great Pyrenees puppy that we’ve wanted all winter.
As spring fast approaches, our ability to wait for the good things that are coming can be mighty difficult. Sometimes, when these good things arrive I wonder why I was so anxious to see them as they didn’t seem to fill that hole. Other times they hit the spot just like a cold glass of water on a hot summer’s day after finishing mowing the lawn. One of the keys to having that “thing” hit the spot is just being plain satisfied with the things that God has given me today. Like enjoying my wife and family, the ability to walk without pain, scrambled eggs with cheese, new socks, or the snow melting on a sunny day. I am surrounded by so many gifts that I need to realize that it isn’t really about the gifts and I am reminded of these verses.
“Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.” Habakkuk 3:17,18
Our attitude of gratitude must first be centered on the goodness and presence of Jesus Christ which is eternal life! Then, even the most insignificant things will bring us indescribable pleasure!