It all started on Memorial Day. Memorial Day is fish for free day around here. So, of course, we all went fishing. David decided that this really big rock would be perfect to climb on. Little did he know that it was very, very slippery. Hence, he fell in the mud and actually started to sink into it. Hero sister Bethany decided that now would be a good time to rescue her little brother. Hence, SHE found out that the rock was very, very slippery. Finally, Mom stepped in. She ordered Bethany out of the mud. And how did Bethany make her exit? By pushing off of Mom. Hence MOM found out that the rock was very, very slippery. (I don’t know what silly person had the camera and did NOT get a picture of all this) Anyway, Mom fell in the mud and tore a ligament in her finger. Did you know that if you tear a ligament in your finger, you must spend two hours, three days a week, in therapy? Not exactly how we had planned to spend that time.
So Caroline and I have been doing a lot more around the house, such as all the canning. We canned 4-5 different kinds of jam, froze blueberries and shredded zucchini, canned and froze beans, and canned corn. We have also made and canned salsa and tomato soup. Great experience!
But now Caroline has a sprained ankle. She has to use crutches at least until Sunday and has to ice it and keep it elevated.
Sometimes in life, we have to grow up. We have to be responsible and take initiative in getting things done. We can’t wait for others to do the work and we can’t put it off or wait to be asked to do it. This is one of those times for me. Mom isn’t allowed to do much because she risks hurting her finger again. Caroline is now lovingly called “The Cripple.” It’s up to me. Rebecca is also learning she has to step up and help more too.
The work has to be done. And you know what? It has to be done joyfully! One of the shortest verses in the Bible is:
“Rejoice always” 1 Thess. 5:16
So short. So simple. Rejoice always! Much easier said than done. Because joy doesn’t come from our circumstances. True joy comes from the Lord and Him alone. I’m learning this more and more.
So the next time I see a huge bowl of tomatoes waiting for me, or dishes that need washed, or beans that need picked, I don’t want to look at it and sigh. I want to live with joy in the Lord!