We didn’t make it to church today, but I’ve found a series of sermons online that are amazing to listen to. After a slow moving morning, I pushed play and listened as I got ready for the day.
He spoke about how so often in life, we are handed situations that we just weren’t expecting. So many times, we get thrown a curve ball and we want to run and hide rather than figure out how to embrace the moment.
When you encounter a rough patch or unexpected situation, how do you view it? Some may view it as a challenge, a learning experience, or an opportunity for growth. More often than not, I’m willing to bet that we view it as a problem.
When I said “yes” to marriage and this Army life, little did I know that almost 11 years later I’d be sitting here with 2 kids, 8 months pregnant with baby #3 and a husband that has been gone for 18 months of our almost 3 years here. Big problem, right?! Finding out about the 3rd pregnancy right before he was leaving for the 2nd deployment certainly wasn’t our idea of a fun surprise either.
In the sermon today, he said that instead of seeing these kinds of situations as a problem, we need to see the possibility. It certainly seems easier said that done in the moment, but we have to trust in the bigger plan. There is a reason that we are being tested. There is someone bigger than us that knows what’s best for us.
When the first deployment was upon us, I knew that I needed a plan. I needed to use the time to focus on me, my own health and fitness, and I’m so thankful that I jumped into an opportunity that changed my life for the better. When the second deployment (and 3rd pregnancy) was upon us, I knew that I had a choice. I could view this as a terrible situation and a huge inconvenience or I could use it as an opportunity to further improve myself. I could focus on a healthy pregnancy, focus on the kids, and continue to help others who may be going through similar situations. I looked at the fact that we have an opportunity to raise another child and we should be so thankful that we are given that chance.
Next time you go through an unexpected situation, ask yourself what the possibilities are. Maybe your business isn’t going the way that you thought it would. Focus on the possibility of helping just one person and the impact that you could have on them. If your career isn’t going your way, think of how your attitude and effort in that job could lead to more opportunities down the road. If your marriage is struggling, think of the possibilities if you put forth the effort today. In the sermon, he spoke of a situation where the wife saw the opportunity of smiling and laughing with her husband again and that motivated her to work through the struggles.
What we see is what we get. We can see a problem or we can see the possibilities.
As we are on the downhill slope of this deployment and pregnancy (and time seems to crawl at a snail’s pace), I see lots of possibilities. I see the homecoming celebrations, the kids smiles and laughter as they hug their daddy again, our time together as a family, the opportunity to see the love that I have for my husband as he holds another baby girl, the bike rides, the pool days, the vacations, the adventures and the planning for the future and what’s next for our family. Those are the possibilities that are going to keep me pushing through each day. Those are the possibilities that I can see that help me to see the positive light in every day and keep moving one foot in front of another. Those are the possibilities that are going to put a smile on my face and make this time as good as I can for the kids.
See the possibilities.
If you want to hear the sermon for yourself, HERE IT IS!