Today I am so delighted to welcome Casey Herringshaw here to the 2011 Blog-String Fest. Multi-talented Casey is a writer, ACFW member, personal and group blogger and artist – designing jewelry. Thank you for visiting, Casey, and welcome!
“When You Know You’ve Got a Good Thing”
Ever realized that moment when you’ve got a good thing? That moment in the book when wow the story just got really good? That realization that something has just changed and you are so in for a better ride?
And sometimes we can realize we have a good thing a tad too late.
Like what happened to me recently.
In life we take so many things for granted. A job. A house. Money. Indoor plumbing.
No matter how many times this happens to me, I always, always, always realized too late how much I appreciate indoor plumbing.
Our county flooded this year. Like we thought the town was going to go under flooded. Like I had to “swim” to my little private bunkhouse behind our main house type flooding.
It turned our back field into a lake (complete with waterfowl). It turned our chicken’s home into a slick of muddy quicksand and it turned our plumbing/drainfield into about as useful as a wet rag against well…a flood.
Let me say right now: there is nothing more humbling than a porta potty in your front driveway. Now thankfully we live 100 yards off the road, but STILL. Those little blue houses aren’t exactly camouflaged.
In fact, it still sits in our driveway today, July 13th (the date I am writing this guest post). And I realize through the last two months of wet, mud, and endless rain (in a desert that barely sees 7” a year) that we don’t always get the ideal.
We don’t always get pleasant.
And we don’t always get perfect.
Man has that been true! But you know what always stayed constant through this entire mess?? God. God didn’t smite the water from the face of our property, BUT He took care of us. We could still do our laundry, still take showers, still do our dishes.
And you know what He taught me? CONTINUES to teach me each time we have to go through a “plumbings-not-working” phase? That He ALWAYS takes care of us and He ALWAYS knows when I need to learn to not take so many “normal” things for granted.
Let me just say this in closing: the next time you turn on the water and it works, thank God. And don’t ever, ever, ever take for granted the little things in life. Because if we didn’t have these little treasures in life we don’t always appreciate, the next thing we know, we might have to do without them.
And trust me on this: that isn’t pleasant. 😉
Casey Herringshaw is a homeschool graduate and has been writing since high school. She lives in rural Eastern Oregon in a town more densely populated with cows than people. Taking the words and stories God has placed on her heart and putting them on paper is one of her highest passions in life. Casey is a member of ACFW. You can connect with her through her personal blog, Writing for Christ and her writing related group blog, The Writer’s Alley
I have something to share with my commenter’s today! I make jewelry and have a bracelet I would love to give away. Please share your thoughts and comments and I’ll send it to one U.S. address.