Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Oh. Wow.

So I was sad about being catless and Tom and I had finally begun working on decluttering the garage/barn so when we'd grown tired I asked him to buy us some sherbet. Which he did, gladly.

And as we sat watching an American Pickers rerun suddenly I thought, "Hey! I can take back my room upstairs now."

 So that's what I did and oh, the excitement! Tom went out to mow upon his tractor and I skipped upstairs and began cleaning the room I'd not slept in for one year. I removed Naomi's things (she still has a bit of stuff left here) and vacuumed and dusted and then when I went downstairs to bring my clothes back up, I stopped at the computer for an email check.

That's when I saw it. The email from the Buffalo Court. And this is what it said:

"This letter is to inform you that your request to have your Jury service postponed has been approved.  Your jury service has been deferred by this court."

Oh my goodness... I screamed. With joy, of course. And then I whispered, "Thank-you, Jesus" probably 8 times while running out to Tom where I shouted into his ear (over the din of the mighty tractor), "I got an email and I don't have to do jury duty!"

I ran back inside, grabbed my clothes and returned back to my upstairs room with I Love Lucy playing and my veins pulsating with glee.

And too? I felt thankful that I'd been firm with myself when I mailed-off my form to the court (with my whinings of why now is a horrible time for me, personally, to do jury duty). I told myself that in no way would I allow myself to spoil the next three weeks with dread. Instead, I'd choose to believe I would not have to drive those 35 miles to downtown Buffalo and not have to explain there just why this was an impossible time for me.

So I didn't. Allow myself to dread that possibility, I mean. Whenever that temptation arose I chose, instead, faith that I'd not have to go. Belief for a good outcome. And then firmly chose to think about something else.

Again, oh wow. I have my own special room back during these days of packing, a getaway place of peace, plus, I don't have jury duty. And well, let's just say I hardly slept last night there upstairs, for the excitement was too great. My heart felt utterly joyful and I even went downstairs at 4:00 a.m., made hot chocolate and came back upstairs to watch Gilmore Girls (1st season) before actually cleaning the (crusty) floor of our half-bath-maybe-someday at 5:00. Humming all the while. Grateful out-of-my-mind.

Happy days are here again.

So let this encourage you. If you are facing a hard time and just hanging in there as best as you can, putting into practice all the good things God has taught you, well, a reward is coming if you keep believing, even when things look as though they'll never change. Do what you can and then God will do the rest.


And let me add--jury duty is a wonderful responsiblity. Truly. But there are times in each of our lives when--emotionally--it would send us over the edge. And for me, this was one of those times.



Rita said...

You are escaping to a time when life could be understood and made sense. You know I asked my daughter to show me how to take CNN off of my google page. The last few days have just been awful. Killings of children? I cannot stop it from happening and I can't stand to see it each day. So Gilmore girls here I come. You have encouraged my day.

Lori Alexander said...

He rewards those who earnestly seek Him...LOVE that verse! We must believe ALL of His promises. Great post!

Debra said...

Oh, I'm so glad I encouraged you, Rita. Glad you like Gilmore Girls, too. I own the first three seasons, you know, when they were more just PG. :) Stars Hollow really *is* a lovely place to escape to, isn't it? :) I, also, will be avoiding the news for awhile--I think I've had enough to last me for a few weeks. Blessings, Debra

Debra said...

Lori--Yes, that *is* a terrific verse and I love it when we seek God just for who He is rather than what He can give us--but then He goes ahead and gives us something pretty great. Thanks for commenting and reading here as always ... Debra

Donetta said...

so I take it your seeing just how stunningly beautiful you are when your happy

happy as in filled to the top and seeing it :)

Debra said...

Donetta--aw, you are always way too good to me. I'm wishing you all the happiness you can hold right now (and beyond!). :) Blessings, Debra

Anonymous said...

SO glad to hear the jury duty was postponed!! And that you have a bit of time left to enjoy the old room there!

Happy moving!!

Debra said...

Elizabeth--thanks! I'm SO glad, too. :) Blessings, Debra

Saija said...

makes me smile how our Heavenly Father comes through for us - all the time ... even though it may not be in the way we might want ...

i've had eye problems - so i've prayed for healing ... well the healing seems to be coming in the form of lazer surgery next week ... i may not WANT the lazer surgery, but - if it brings healing - then that's what will happen ...