Growing Stuff in the Mud

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I sent this photo to a friend recently and stated I was feeling a bit smaller than the smaller of the two dogs. Just barely keeping my head above the mud. My friend replied about feeling like a rat practicing scuba in the mud! Then commented on how the mud… stinks…

“Maybe it isn’t mud…”

EEEW!!!

We often trudge through the “poo” in life feeling like we can barely keep afloat, barely breathe and sometimes not even move. We may even feel as though our attempts at getting through the mud just get us more stuck. In response to my friend, I suggested maybe we could plant stuff!! I mean – we use cow poo and our plants grow better for it! So why can’t we take the bad stuff – the poo in life – and plant good seeds in it?! Who says bad circumstances can’t grow good things?!?!

Maybe I can use the poo , the bad stuff, to fertilize the good I do have inside of me. I can use the pain and heartaches in my life to help me be more caring when someone is in need. I can be more understanding of the pain someone else is enduring. I fully intend to take this poo and rake it through the soil of my heart… let the soil absorb the good and filter through the bad as it grows new and better things in my heart.

I want to be able to one day look back at the poo and be glad it was there, be thankful for what came as a result of it. I want to be able to look at those who hurt me and say thanks. Thank you for hurting me the way you did. Thank you for opening my eyes to how God can take an ugly mess and make something amazing. Because now, I’m a better person & in an awful way, you contributed to that. Thank you for the friends I most likely would not have made, the ministry opportunities I would have otherwise missed and the compassion that wouldn’t have grown without the poo you left in my life.

All that to say… while poo and fertilizer can be smelly and messy, we can use smelly and messy things for good. So let’s do that… let’s look at the yucky situations in our life and choose to see the good. Let’s choose to see that friend we probably never would have met and be thankful for them. Let’s choose to see that ministry we are involved in that we might have missed and be thankful that because of that person leaving or no longer being around, we get to be involved! I know in my life I could look at things and be so complainey and grouchy about things, but I have to daily choose not to. I’m thankful for my amazing job. I’m thankful for the friends I met through him before he left and after him because he left. I’m thankful for the hurts that have helped me better understand other friends and to have compassion. I’m thankful mostly for the way all the poo pushed me closer to Christ and into a deeper relationship with Him.

Be thankful for the poo today!

About Alicia

Alicia is a Jesus loving, homeschooling, mini-van driving, food loving, gluten-free-cuz-I-have-to-be, fun loving, choir mamaing, bike riding, So Cal born and raised solo mama to 2 amazing kiddos with 3 cats, a ginormous dog and the 2 cutest nieces ever! She had a deep passion for cooking and baking that left with her Celiac disease diagnosis in 2013, but has now returned as she experiments with and tests recipes to make them delicious and enjoyable even without the gluten! You can find all sorts of random thoughts, ideas and whatever else pops into her completely random mind right here at Big Black Trash Bag!
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