Wednesday, August 8, 2012

give us this day

there are some days when my coffee turning cold too quickly is all it takes to undo me.

yesterday it was a long line at taco bell. monday it was traffic. not stalled, angry traffic, but just the mundane hum of the highway and a gloomy sky.

it's always the litte things. because we know, don't we, that they're never really that little. especially not when they conglomerate and stick to each other and turn into a giant thing. lately, i've become so "of" this world that it's hard to remember i'm really just "in" it.

beacuse this is all so much to take in. the super sized combo for seventy five cents more. the buy one get one free. the movies and the music and the restaurants that cost more than they did five years ago. and i'm a visual learner. the same girl who could stare at a whiteboard for hours and have a ball with an overhead projector screen (the thing i miss most about elementary school), is the same one who now sits on her kitchen window to watch the sunrise. i put hymns in my earbuds and sat out on the side porch this weekend as a storm blew furiously around the yard, twisting the oak  branches around and stirring up mud.

because i'm still learning, you know. and i'm taking this world in, one deep, gulping day at a time.

it hit me while getting ready this morning. while putting on the makeup and the dress and the heels. while chopping the garlic for tonight's chicken and twisting my hair into a side bun.

God gives us our daily bread.

not our daily foie gras or free range chicken. not our daily extra large milkshake or target shopping spree. not our giant movie screen or popcorn with extra butter. we are not entitled to such luxuries. they are there for us, yes, and they can be so beautifully fun.

but when it comes down to it, the bread is all we really need. such simplicity in a world obsessed with anything but is a hard concept to swallow. but i'm convinced nothing goes down easier.

there's a reason restaurants serve bread at the beginning of a meal. it's a little taste of what's to come. an appetizer for the main course.

and such it is in life, too, i suppose.


ginanorma said...

completely over and over again, Amen. I have a sign in the kitchen that says Our Daily Bread--keeps it in perspective (in the kitchen....;)

Audrey said...

Ohhhhh yes. oh my heart. I needed this reminder today.

angie on maui said...

BEAUTIFUL post, my friend! God provides!

Magdalena said...

This is so beautiful Courtney, I know I say this with every post but this one struck my every nerve. I just emailed the link to my BFF!

the southern hostess said...

I just love this. How do you always know how I'm feeling? :)

Kira said...

I love the way you think and write. So beautiful, so true, and definitely not something I would have put together myself :)

Anonymous said...

this was beautiful, thank you.

Steph said...

Love this. In the midst of feeling all the little things adding up, it was good to read this.

Michelle said...

Oh girl, this just blew me away. What an incredible, fresh perspective.

Diana said...

okay, one-- that bread looks delicious!

two- thank you for this from the bottom of my heart, courtney. although i like to think i have this perspective, i know that all too ofetn, i don't.

thank you for always being such a wonderful light in the dark.

hope you're well ;)

chambanachik said...

Amazing post. You always write the most timely things for my life.

Becca said...

Brilliant - exactly how I've been feeling this week. Need to keep focussed, I guess, and remember where our joy comes from and how we are provided for. Wishing you a happier Monday morning! :) x

Amy @ AGirlCalledBeloved said...

What a beautiful sweet lesson. This is something I really needed to read! Wow! There are so many little things that undo me too and you are right. They become one big giant thing!
And I love how you said the bread is all we really need. I'm going to keep this in mind next time a luxury comes up that I need to pass on.
Such a great post friend!

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