Yesterday, something unexpected happened - it rained hard even though it's summer time. Although I thought of it as a blessing because it is super hot nowadays, this has caused brownout in our area for more than four hours. Because of that, I was able to do things that I don't usually do anymore.
Since I could not do any computer-related stuff, I decided to stay in our room. Thankfully, because of the rain, it did not feel hot at all. Nate and I were able to read books yesterday. Because of the nature of my job, Nate and I do not have a regular reading time. I work at 9 PM. Which means I sleep around 6 PM and by the time I wake up to work, he's already beside me fast asleep. We only read when we have the chance. And that's when we both agree we'd read a book. Yesterday, because of the brownout, we got to read two books together.
Because of the brownout, I was also able to play Nate's guitar and sing a few songs with him. I also sang on my own by the time he chose to play. We sang nursery rhymes and Christian songs. Right then, I realized it's been a while since I last did that. That moment took me back to my childhood days when my mother and I would sing along at night. It was nostalgic I wanted to go back to that time.
Lastly, because of brownout, we were able to eat dinner together. Again, because of my work schedule, I used to eat first and sleep right away. So we don't eat together because it would be too early for them to eat around 5:30 PM.
I did not realize I was doing the same routines every day until brownout happened. I was able to do the things that I don't usually do. We don't like a brownout because it is such a hassle. However, it keeps us from doing a routine and gives us the option to either bond with our loved ones or do other things that can help us de-stress.
I did not realize I was doing the same routines every day until brownout happened. I was able to do the things that I don't usually do.
The same is true with life's problems and challenges. There may be times that we think "ugh, this is such a bad day", or "I am so screwed" but that problem could be a blessing in disguise. We just have to look at it in a different way to be able to see the good out of it.
We may be in a dark and difficult situation but that doesn't mean we are hopeless. There is always a way out. We can look at the bright side and still appreciate life in spite of the challenges.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)