This is a close-up of one of my trees this morning. While water is life-giving, it doesn’t do much for those of us that want to be on two wheels, dry, and care-free. As a matter of fact, in the past I have allowed it to cause me great despair. I have never liked being stuck inside. It can feel very prison-like, and I typically can get cabin fever after just a few days like this.

I guess as a self-reflecting control freak, I often look at these kind of things as gentle, consistent lessons from the Lord. Today is not the weather I’d want. As a matter of fact, pretty much the next six months will not be the weather I want, as it will turn cold, gray, and filled with snow and rain; not my cup of tea. It certainly isn’t a hospitable climate for motorcyclists or any other outdoor enthusiasts.

In spite of that, i must find joy in other things. Being stuck in a four-wheel cage, or four walls, isn’t one of them. I turn to Him for guidance on finding blessings in all He surrounds me with; not just the things that are top of the list for me. Even though it keeps me indoors, I do take note of the sound of the gentle rain, and it too can be a blessing. It is soothing and relaxing, in spite of its ability to squash my most favorite past time. Simple things like how shiny pumpkins look after the newly fallen rain are often ignored, yet can bring us great joy. Be thankful this day, for the sights, sounds, and smells you don’t normally give thanks for. God has great plans for you in all things, and in all circumstances. Sometimes life can feel mundane, but it all has a purpose, and is part of your growth with Him.

10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” — Isaiah 55:10-11