I met a lovely woman at Chicos this week...she was in town on business and forgot all her nice hanging clothes...so she had to buy a weeks worth of stuff from Chicos....Now I can't even imagine having hundreds to spend on clothes...just off the cuff and spurr of the moment, completely unexpected and unbudgeted...but that was apparently not a problem for her...she seemed to have dollars to blow and diamonds the size of marbles on her fingers...during the course of the evening (and it took all evening...) I learned of a few things she does not have...
1)a mother in law (she died this past year)
2)a father(he died this past year)
3)a healthy mother (she had a serious car accident this year)
4)a sister with security (she lost everything in Katrina)
5)a healthy child (her 11 yr old is autistic)
6)her health (surgery on both feet coming up in a couple of weeks)
7)a home or possessions(hers burned in this past year)
It really helps to put things into perspective...after all it really is just the normal course of mankind....
Job 14:1 Man [that is] born of a woman [is] of few days, and full of trouble.
Thankfully He also included this in scripture so that we wouldn't jump off bridges or anything....
Psa 34:19 Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
Lord I have SO much to be thankful for! Your deliverance surounds me again and again!