Before leaving for Guatemala, two weeks ago, I was sharing a woman’s infertility struggles with a friend. I explained, “She has only one egg left.” By neglecting to elaborate on the type of egg, I confused my friend. She questioned the fact of having only one egg for a meal. We laughed at the miscommunication and commented, “Who’d only have one egg left to eat!”
One week later, God introduced me to a one-egg-left situation.
In Guatemala, as we visited the poor in the mountainside community, we were told about a single mother of three. She was struggling to feed her children.
She had only one egg left.
In my comfortable life, with three dozen eggs resting cozily in my refrigerator, it’s easier to laugh off the thought of poverty than swallow the hard pill of truth. It’s more difficult to laugh when standing uncomfortably in the midst of the poor.
My heart was broken. And I was ashamed.
As Christmas approaches, there is often a seemingly legitimate excuse for self-thought. I’m being asked what I want for Christmas. It’s a good excuse to look at my “needs” and make requests for myself. Right?
What if we take our eyes off ourselves this year? What if we consider we really need very little.
Especially in comparison with someone who truly has only one egg left.
And, with a one-egg-left situation in mind, it isn’t difficult to give thanks for every small portion of life.
A few of my multitudes…
sharing warm butternut squash with my little man on a cold day
birds chirping during a gray day
feeding ducks at the park
reading my boys’ thankful scribbles in our gratitude journal:
diced peaches, Christian rap, apple cider, Lecrae, Mommy, school, folding clothes, and Jesus, God & the Holy Spirit
a gift from my mother flying straight to my heart…
- Almost To One Thousand (gibsongirl247.wordpress.com)
- Causing Me Anxiety (gibsongirl247.wordpress.com)
- The whole earth is filled with His glory (graceformymess.com)
- Happy Thanksgiving (livingingraceland.wordpress.com)
- Multitudes on Mondays (lynhallewell.wordpress.com)
- Gratitude Thanksgiving Day and every day… (neverpictureperfect.wordpress.com)
- Thankful (powerofamoment.com)