When things really don’t work-you still do

So this week has been a little crazy!! Monday was a hectic day of mowing for 5 hours because we were forecasted to have rain for every day of the week after that. Tuesday I finished up mowing, trimmed some trees and went to town for some errands. Tuesday night, hubby and I enjoyed some time outside on the porch listening to the rain and wind and thunder. Yeah and watching lightning. We didn’t find out until in the morning, just how much damage that lightning did!! Our phone line, our internet service, our satellite television service, one printer and a garage door opener were all knocked out!! NO FUN!!

So with slow and unreliable internet from a hot spot device, I have been trying to set up a new website. I do not really enjoy that kind of stuff but it is a challenge. It is really a challenge with slow internet. Last night, I felt like a total idiot because it had taken me most of the day to figure out web hosting and domain name buying. And I had spent more money than I wanted to. Some time spent outside, clearing brush and trimming trees made me feel better and we once again enjoyed sitting outside and listening to the rain.

Today, I have made little progress on the website, but I have managed to get about half of the book pulled together into one document from the sixty-five or so documents it was in previously. And I have baked a cake and made some little flowers for the cake. The internet repairmen came by and told me the rain was going to keep them from being able to work on my equipment until next week but they would update my equipment and also help me lower my telephone bill. So good news mixed in with bad news.

What is important and what I really wanted to say is: I just kept working. Sounds strange but sometimes it is what is most important. When life just goes crazy and wrong and seriously is frustrating, you just gotta keep going. You might change what you are doing to work around the problems, but you keep working. Little by little, it will all get done. I like to sleep in as much as the next person (okay, honestly, depending on the person, probably a lot more) but I haven’t done it this week. I have wanted to but everyday, I think, “I only have so much time to get this stuff done. I better get busy.”

I have been taking lessons from the ants. I mow over those horrendous little fire ants’ nests and they just rebuild them. When it rains and their home gets washed away, they just gather themselves back together and rebuild another home. Piece by piece, one grain of dirt at a time, they make a home, complete a task, rebuild a wreck. I despise their stinging ways but they are industrious, hard working little devils. No time to be lazy, there is work to be done.

Reminds me of this passage in Proverbs 6:6-11 KJV

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”

As the saying goes, “No rest for the wicked and the righteous don’t need any.” Or something like that! I am sure someone will tell me if I got it wrong.

So I hope you keep going. I hope you just keep working. Even when things don’t work like you want them to, just keep on working! Because things usually go wrong when you least want them to (who ever WANTS THEM TO) and you gotta figure out how to get life back on track and moving on down the road. Be like the ant, not the sluggard!! But don’t sting anyone!

Now back to work!! The oven timer is letting me know that the cakes are done so I am going back to work too!! Happy Thursday!!


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