The rain was really getting on my nerves. It rained the entire day before and the beginning of this day hinted at the same. Ugh. It was a drizzly rain that, once it started, promised to stick around all day long. In Florida, we can have a rainstorm that will last about an hour and then the sun will reappear. This wasn’t Florida. This was North Carolina mountain rain and it wasn’t going anywhere.
It wasn’t just the rain, though. It was the days of following the news of hurricane Matthew on the Weather Channel as well as the ensuing political storm on every other channel.
The damp, dark, rainy day, the nervous tension concerning the hurricane and the political atmosphere in general all conspired to send my mood into a downward spiral. Just ask my daughter or my husband. They caught the brunt of it.
It was a perfect storm and I was right in the thick of it. Never mind that my son and his girlfriend were visiting for the weekend and we were meeting family at the bottom of the mountain for a festival. I was grumpy and that was that.
The following morning, Sunday, was glorious. The sky was clear, the air was crisp and visibility went beyond the railing of the deck. The jewel tones of autumn blanketed the mountains with more intensity than a couple of days before. Thank you, Lord.
It wasn’t just the end of foul weather that improved my mood. It was something that I knew but neglected. The returning sunshine woke me up early so I had plenty of time to read my Bible and be still before the Lord. It did wonders for my attitude and my outlook on life.
A few weeks ago, I submitted a piece to Life Notes Cafe on this subject. You may enjoy reading it, especially if you’re an anglophile like me.
Click here to read Keep Calm and Carry On.
I guess sometimes we need to take our own advice.
What about you? Do you every let circumstances like a rainy day get you down? What do you do to get out of your grumpy mood? Why not turn to God’s Word next time?