Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say – REJOICE!
Philippians 4:4 (NIV, emphasis mine)
Things had been building up for over a week. Like difficult to remove microscopic cactus thorns embedded in my fingers, the “go wrongs” multiplied my irritation.
Already flustered, I reached for the flimsy clear plastic box of blueberries and squeezed too hard. The lid popped open and blueberries flew all over my kitchen, rolling like marbles under the cabinets, between the bins in the fridge, across the tile. I sat in the middle of my kitchen, scooping up blueberries and bawling like a baby, crying out to God. Enough!
Then, I felt the heartbeat of God. As I gathered blueberries, He gathered me in His arms with all my broken pieces scattered willy-nilly, all the little “go wrongs.” As I washed the blueberries because they are too precious and pricey to throw out, He washed away my angst and told me I am too pricey and precious, too. I put them in a sturdier container, and He placed me in His sturdy grace.
Julie Cosgrove is an internet missionary writer and editor for The Life Project, a division of Campus Crusades for Christ. She also has fourteen novels either published or under contract. Julie leads women’s and writers retreats and has been a professional speaker for nine years. Her blog, Where Did You Find God Today now reaches into ten countries. Her first cozy mystery, Dumpster Dicing, just won Best Cozy Mystery 2017 by the Texas Association of Authors.