Some might say, “It was a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day.” The story goes like this: First, I caught my favorite pair of pants on fire when I got too close to a candle flame. (My two best friends were with me, so it was frightening and funny at the same time!) Then my precocious cat Amos (he didn’t confess, but I know he did it) knocked my new, none-too-cheap eyeglasses on the floor — and I stepped on them. (I’m not light on my feet, so the results weren’t pretty.) Next, Billy and I discovered we had a family of squirrels living in our attic. (The first clue was the sound of vicious “debating” at 2 a.m. right above our bedroom ceiling.) I told the professional critter-getter who came to our rescue that I’ve battled all sorts of critters since I’ve moved to the country, and it’s fairly difficult to shock me, although his squirrel eviction bill did stun me a bit.
For sure, it was a tough day. But everything turned out for the best. Yes, I caught my pants on fire, but that panic-filled moment still makes me laugh, and it gave me a good excuse to go shopping. My fabulous eye technician grinned when I handed her the pitiful remains of my glasses. Then she said, “Don’t worry, hon; your glasses are so new, they’re still under warranty!” (I almost hugged her!) The squirrel saga gave Billy and me the final push we needed to do the home remodel we’ve been talking about for years. Of course, after squirrels chew holes in your soffits and move into your attic, you start thinking steel construction instead of wood. But we’re settling for reinforced soffits, a new roof, a sturdy front door, energy-efficient windows, and leaf-proof gutter helmets. Not a super-fun shopping spree, mind you, but one that will make me feel more at ease in my house in the big woods.
The Bible tells me there’s a season for everything (Ecc. 3:1-8). It also unequivocally reminds me to make sure the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart are acceptable to God (Psalm 19:14). This means I’m to praise God on the good days and on the not-so-good ones. When I pause and think about it, these days of fire, fragile things, and unexpected house guests are just small, foggy windows that, when cleared, help me to see the big picture: Things are just that — things — and on good and bad days, God is great! When I keep that in mind, even the worst bad days have a best side.