I was talking to my friend in Oklahoma the other day about how good God is! She was feeling a little down because she was having a difficult time making ends meet. Her job doesn’t pay well and to make matters worse, she’s changing shifts, and getting a pay cut.
“What am I going to do?” she inquired. “I don’t want to lose my apartment and I’m already behind on most of my bills. I am so tired of struggling, when will this ever end?” my friend sobbed.
“I know it gets hard sometimes and there are days when you cannot see your way. But it WILL get better, believe me! I remember years ago as a single mother how I struggled and sacrificed just to make life better for my three children,” I consoled.
“The hardest thing I went through, even more difficult than being homeless, was living with no water,” I said. “Girl, did you know that it takes exactly two gallons of water to flush a toilet, something we take for granted everyday. And if we leave the water running while brushing our teeth for at least 45 seconds, we will WASTE about 1.875 gallons of water. This is mind-staggering.” Remembering those days of going to public restrooms to use the bathroom and brush our teeth and car washes to get ‘free’ water to fill up our empty gallon jugs brought tears to my eyes.
“But God is good. I am a much better person and mother after going through difficult times. I believe like my mother once said, our trials come to make us strong.”
Today I am blessed, abundantly blessed. I understand the value of life, love and family and I appreciate the simple things in life that I once took for granted.