There are moments in life when I just have to laugh. 2 am last night was one of them. Why was I literally laughing out loud at 2 am? Not because I was enjoying a late night comedy, I can assure you.
The reason for the laughter starts much earlier in the day. Jason and I donned our work clothes (oh yes, I had on overalls), grabbed our shovels, and dug about 125 feet of trench in our front yard so we can lay sprinkler line. It was hard work. Back-breaking really. We kept commenting about how good we would sleep after all that hard work.
Then, hours later at our small group, we prayed for a family we love to get better rest. 4 kids, a dog, and a baby on the way means they don't get a lot of sleep. We asked God to give them sweet sleep. Then, we went home, expecting to get a great night's rest ourselves. (Our kiddos are generally speaking amazing sleepers--thank you God!)
So, at two in the morning I woke up, having hair that may have looked like this! Oh wait, I'm skipping ahead...first we were up at 10:45 (don't laugh, we go to bed around 10 every night), and then again at midnight.
Let's just say that by 2, I wasn't feeling like parenting was a sweet walk in the park. Nope, I was praying with fervor that my little guy wouldn't throw up again. When I walked back to my room, which doesn't have curtains yet (we've only lived here 10 months...give me a break! The fabric is downstairs ready to be sewn...), I noticed what was going on outside. The moon, in all its waning glory, was a sliver less than full. It shown brilliantly and the lake reflected its radiant glow.
Had I not been awake, I would have missed seeing God's handiwork! I know, some of you are probably thinking, "I don't particularly want to see the moon at 2 am, even if it were blue!" Right, I completely understand.
But, my point is this: I was given an opportunity to see God, even in the wee hours. How did I respond? With laughter of course! God has such a sense of humor! Here I was thinking I was going to sleep 8 hours straight...and yet I barely slept for 2 all night long without interruption. Instead, I had a chance give thanks for what was good...the moon and the lake, and the irony of course.
I may be a shadow of myself today, but I got to stay at home with my boy and snuggle him while we participated in an awesome online church service. I get to rest and enjoy the sun, maybe I'll even nap. And hopefully I won't have to clean up anymore yuckies from a sick boy.
What do you have to be thankful for today?