“You have to count your blessings wherever you find them.” I have often told people that. Being in Botswana has made me realize that it is important that I follow my own advice. From the simple (in the scheme of things) absence of internet service installation that was paid for over two weeks with nary a conversation initiated by Botsnet, to the “premium” ninety channels of satellite television that presents only 6 channels, to a housekeeper who was telling me when she would and would not do the ironing. I have found solace in winning straight games of solitaire (you know the card game you played alone before you gave up cards as an evil of the devil- I have yet to understand why it is evil, so I have not given it up), and scoring 197,000 in JewelCraft. Yes these are the little things that have come to make a big difference at this point in my life.
I believe GOD used these simple games as a way of encouraging me and helping me to not become too upset about the little things that were not going right. I imagine if you think about it, you too will find ways in which you are encouraged at points when it seems that nothing is going right. It may be the kind words of a stranger or the genuine honest laughter of a child. It might be a telephone call from a friend, or it may be a verse of scripture that speaks directly to your very soul in that moment as you recall it.
For me, as I wrote this, it was having straight wins in solitaire after having countless losses. It was achieving a higher score in JewelCraft than I had achieved before that caused me to reflect on all of the blessings in my life that are such an abundant overshadow of the minor annoyances that I spoke of earlier. It sounds silly even to me. But, I know that GOD used these silly games to show me how pitiful I was being in bemoaning Botsnet and to a lesser degree the satellite company. I further realized that if I spent time and energy on things over which I have NO control, I am wasting time and energy that I could give to a more productive pursuit. So I thanked GOD for my iPhone 4 which has become little more than an app and music device since it is not useful as a cell phone in this country… no really I thank God for it because it is on the iPhone that I am able to play those “silly” games while listening to Smokie Norful, Brooklyn Tab, or Keiko Matsui, listen to books being read to me through Audiobooks and view pictures from past events, or just look through my windows.
I also thank GOD for this experience He is granting me. And, I promise, I will continue to count my blessings…wherever I find them.