Be Careful What You Wish For

One summer several years ago I had just finished my freshman year of college and was waiting to hear back from an internship I’d applied to. To make some money in the interim I did some housekeeping work for the Bed and Breakfast where my mom worked.

One afternoon I was in a particularly beautiful suite cleaning the bathroom where there was a tub so huge I actually had to get inside it in order to clean it. I confess I was having a moment of bitterness because while my friends were off having fun and going on vacation I was stuck working hard. Instead of being grateful I chose to be frustrated. As I was cleaning this ridiculously luxurious tub I complained to God something along the lines of, “I should live to see the day where I can afford to soak in a tub like this.” Preoccupied with my own thoughts and taking out my frustration on my scrubbing I bumped the water handle which somehow turned on the showerhead and covered my clothes with water. I quickly turned off the faucet but had to laugh because as it turned out I would get soaked in that tub a lot sooner than I had anticipated.

I am forever grateful for God’s sense of humor in that moment because the encounter shook me out of my head and returned me to the mystery and adventure of the present. It’s a reminder I always need because I am so prone to missing the present by thinking about the future and the plans that I have instead of accepting each moment with gratitude as it comes.

I know that essentially what it boils down to is the eternal struggle for surrender, the fight to let go of control of my life and let myself be led by God. It requires a trust and a patience that I do not have by nature but that I hope to have one day by grace. And in the interim, all I can hope is that I do a little better with it today than I did the day before, knowing that regardless of whether I succeed or fail I’ll be one day closer to heaven.

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Your Summer Reading List

Hi all,

So I have some fun news: I am at the beach this week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As cliche as it is, I love the beach. My first post-grad job was in coastal Virginia and living there was such a treat. That was 2014 and this will be the first time I’ve been back to a beach since that time (hence all the exclamation points above).

And while the picture below is not of me (it’s far too tan), it is a photo of one of my favorite beach activities.

As a complete book nerd, I have always been super keen on summer reading so in that spirit I have compiled a list of “summer reading” specifically for this blog. Since I already have a place on my blog for books I recommend, this list is dedicated to blog posts which I thought were really great (wouldn’t waste your time with the not-so-great ones) but which were not widely read. So take this chance to be a hipster and seize the opportunity to read them before they become popular and mainstream:

  1. Tale as Old as Time
  2. God Isn’t Fixing This 
  3. I Don’t Believe in Political Saviors
  4. Forgive and Forget?
  5. Unsolicited Life Advice for My Brother Graduating College 
  6. I’m a Christian First 
  7. I’m Not Angry

Be sure to brag that you read and liked these articles before they were cool.

Hope you are having a wonderful and relaxing summer wherever you happen to be! 

Catch you later!