I think it was the sweet peas that got me. I’ve always called me kids my sweet peas.
But, I might have been feeling a tad grumpy. Everything in my home was in upheaval as we prepared to have new carpet and hardwood installed. I was really excited about the new flooring but the process of having it done was reminding me of why I had put it off for so long.
Change…mess…unexpected flooring issues and decisions…moving most of my house into the garage…endless rainy days…it was all starting to wear on my last nerve.
So, I headed out to run some errands and made a quick stop at the craft store.
And saw the sweet peas.
Oh sure, they were on a wood place mat along with turnips, asparagus and eggplant.
And sure, I didn’t actually know what I was going to do with them. But they made me smile. And my smile got even bigger when I realized they were only $2 each.
I didn’t realize just how big a “deal” these simple place mats would end up being.
You see, I live a really blessed life.
Sure, I’ve had my share of bigger problems but on this particular day the only problem with me was…well…me.
I wasn’t handling my home upheaval with the best attitude. Here I was finally getting the flooring we’ve been waiting and saving to get for years and I was grumbling about what a pain it all was!
I got home just as the flooring guys were arriving for another day of pulling, ripping, pounding and pounding and pounding and pounding and did I mention pounding?
And as they worked on the floors and as I worked in the kitchen I felt humbled.
Humbled that I have this home. Humbled that I could spend $8 on wood place mats that I didn’t really need. Humbled that we were able to pay for new flooring. Humbled that I’m not more grateful for the times when my problems are small.
So, I hung those place mats on a narrow wall (using Command strips) in my kitchen, just around the corner from the dining room.
Most people will just walk past without noticing them.
Others will wonder why on earth I have place mats hanging on the wall!
But when I catch a glimpse of those sweet peas, asparagus, turnips and eggplant I see so much more.
I see reminders.
Reminders to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Reminders to have a healthy perspective on life and my “problems”.
Reminders of how truly blessed I am.
And maybe even reminders to get my own “sweet peas” to eat their vegetables!
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