In January when I was about 9 months pregnant, feeling like a heifer and still angry that our child wasn’t “healthy,” my mom gave me a devotional book my Aunt Dawn had recommended to her. A day later my mother-in-law texted me with an excerpt from said devotional and asked if I had a copy. God does these things sometimes. He makes himself clear. I was supposed to pick up this book, called Jesus Calling. Silly title, in my opinion. (“Hello? May I ask who this is?” “Yes, this is Jesus calling…”)
I didn’t want to hear what some author had to say about finding joy in trials or dying to your will or how everything has a purpose. I was doing well just to read through Job, journal honestly about our struggle and mumble out my earnest prayers. I began reading it daily once Finn was born. Today’s excerpt hit me between the eyes.
She called the Garden of Eden home. It was rich with exotic fruits, magnificent animals and lush vegetation (not to mention handsome Adam). Every blessing was poured out on her, yet she “focused on the one fruit she couldn’t have” instead of living in thankfulness for the abundance of things that were freely available to her. “This negative focus darkened her mind and she succumbed to temptation.” Thankfulness can transform those dark places of my mind and bring to light the many gifts that have been lavished upon me.
Check out these cute pics of our little monkey from the Garden.