You know, the things defined as a defect or malfunction in a plan?
Like, in your life plan?
Well, they show up faithfully in my life.
I am not an OCD or even real disciplined planner but I do try to have some direction that I am heading towards in life.
And then The Glitch Who Stole Structure shows up.
In Whomeverville. (Where I live.)
With things like dental challenges (smiles and chops for eating are pretty important),
Car trouble (someone telling you smoke is coming out of your parked car from under your hood is not the kind of BBQ you want),
Illness or health issues (should be left to commercials only),
Relationship struggles (forget about the happy endings that movies portray),
Financial trials (who needs the fountain of youth, I'm still looking for the money tree plantation),
And major home repairs (projects that HGTV House Crashers wouldn't even touch!).
Unlike the movie, all the joyous singing I can muster doesn't make my wallet grow three times larger or alter the "presents" (see above) sent my way.
It doesn't soften the Glitches heart either.
But guess what?
As I qiut singing "You're a Mean One Mr. Glitch" and I sing songs of gratitude and count the presents wrapped in Blessings paper (although few and pretty worn looking) my heart starts to soften.
In some weird Cindy Lou way, I start to see the Glitch as someone with something(s) to offer, to help learn and grow from. And instead of asking "Why are you taking my happiness tree? WHY?" I start to trust and believe that maybe there is a Christmas hidden within the trials after all.
And even though many of my life "presents" have been literally dumped in the abyss by the Glitch, I realize that maybe
Maybe it is realizing all that I do have (Glitches and all)-even if just Roast Beast.
"Christmas is a time to open our hearts to God and his gifts. Just like the rest of the year." ~Author Unknown
DISCLAIMER: I know this may seem untimely mentioning Christmas in the summer, but glitches come all the time and I should remember the blessing and ultimate gift that Christmas brings all year long.