Thank you caramels...

I am not always a patient person. I can act patient, but I don't always feel it. Anyone relate? Yesterday at the doctor's office was a case in point. The aide who called me back and put me into the room knew that the physician's assistant was going to be a while, but she put me in a chilly room in a paper gown anyway. One, two, three games of FreeCell on my phone later, and I was starting to wonder if they had forgotten me. So I called the front desk, because one does not traipse through halls in a paper gown asking questions...

A moment later a woman popped her head in the room and apologized, saying that a staff member had an emergency and the P.A. had some cases that were taking too long. After she closed the door, I heard someone else say, "I knew I shouldn't have put her in there so soon."

This is where patience could come in quite handy. Things happen and people make mistakes. They could have turned up the heat though...

Today, after running errands and coming home to a messy kitchen, I decided to bake my hubby a birthday cake. (His birthday is tomorrow.) I knew the cake he wanted, and it called for an entire bag of caramels. I forgot that those caramels come individually wrapped. So while you bake the first half of the cake, you have to melt the caramels to pour over the middle. But first you have to unwrap them...

This is where my patience grows thin. I was tired, my back hurt, and in all honesty, things are more stressful than usual right now. But I will share that another time.

For now, all these things added up to make me crabby. The practical, stoical side of me said, "Just do it and get it over with." And feel crabbier when I was done.

Then the thought occurred to me - what if each caramel represented a blessing to thank God for?

When you are crabby, it is hard to think of that many blessings.

But in truth, the blessings God has given me could fill dozens of bags of caramels and not scratch the surface. Today, I focused on the people in my life. And I realized that if I hadn't been forcing myself to count the blessing of their friendship and love with those silly caramels, I might not have thought of them today. I might have missed the chance to thank God for their lives.

God can use even a bag of caramels to teach patience. And gratitude. And the taste is sweet in more ways than one.

Selah~

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