Hollow Grumblings

Why do cute little critters like this have to run in front of my car tires?
Why do cute little critters like this have to run in front of my car tires?

Somedays are ‘those kind of days.’  You know the ones I’m talking about.  You wake up tripping as you get out of bed. You try to be quiet so the rest of the family can sleep, but find yourself stepping on every creak in the floor, or worse, dropping the soap in the shower (which had my husband thinking I had fallen and broken my neck), or spilling the dry catfood on the floor.  I don’t know if the catfood woke anyone up, but my frustrating choice of words probably did.  You’re running late to work only to discover you have worn the pants with the huge grass stain on them; or my favorite, worn two

Not only are they one black and one navy, but two different styles too!
Not only are they one black and one navy, but two different styles too?!!!!

mis-matched shoes.  You hit and kill an indecisive squirrel on your drive to work.  Your workday feels like a series of mishaps where you can’t find what you are looking for, or you lose everything you are typing, or the boss is needy and demanding the whole day.  You come home thinking you’ll finally find some peace.  You change clothes, freshen up, and take the dog for a relaxing walk only to have the skies open up and pour down rain…yes we all have ‘those kind of days.’

Call it ‘grumbling’ or grumpy or whatever, but I don’t like feeling that way because I’m generally a happy person. Needless to say, I had one of ‘those days.’ The more that happened the grumpier I became and the unhappier I felt with myself.  It is a vicious cycle.

And then…

And then I turned my eyes to God, my Creator, my Redeemer, my Savior.  I didn’t open my bible, but I did find myself pleading (as many do) for God to help me out

Sweet treats from my garden - Yum!
Sweet treats from my garden – Yum!

of the troubles because I couldn’t see the end of an aggravating day.

And then, God showed me that I had been blessed with good health all day despite my poor attitude.  I had been blessed with safety, despite all the “butter finger” events. I had been blessed with a job that pays my bills and provides for my family despite the frustrations of the day.  I had been  blessed to pick fresh food from my garden despite the  downpour of rain.

I had been blessed.   I am blessed.   God will continue to bless.

This big guy knows how to chow down on some catfood and then ...take a nap!
This big guy, King Asa, doesn’t care if I spill the catfood or not as long as I fill his bowl!

I’ve no doubt that I’m going to have some of ‘those kind of days’  in the future, but it is my hope that my grumblings will be “hollow” and that I will open my eyes to the blessings around me, recognize how blessed I am, and hopefully adjust my attitude into joyful gratitude.

How about you?  Ever had one of ‘those kind of days?’  What do you do to keep from getting bogged down in grumbling, or do you?