Did you blink? If you did, you might have missed March. It seemed like March was only 3 days and 30 minutes long. For us in Detroit, March came in like a hungry lion. Our winter had been mild and then almost every Friday we had a storm. One Friday, we had an ice storm and I watched as the ice weighed down my power lines. I knew the more the ice piled up on the line, it would increase my chances of my power going out. No one likes to lose power, especially not in the winter! My lights blinked a few times and after much prayer I didn't lose power! Yeah!
Fast forward to the next day and our power company turned off our lights to fix people's lights who had lost power the night before. (Big sad face) That night, I found every blanket I owned and slept under them. Wouldn't you know it was the night my body decided to heat up on its own! I woke up soaking wet from hot flashes! In the two days I didn't have power, I had to use survival skills. I turned on the stove for heat and was praising God for the purchase of the self-charging phone case. It was good for two charges on my phone. During those two dark and cold days, my neighbors and I looked out for each other. We picked up fallen branches, shared candles and shared food. I was taking my neighbor to get supplies when we got a call our lights were back on. We were filled with so much joy! I did not realize what a blessing it is to be able to have lights until I didn't have them. We take things for granted until they are taken away from us.
The following Friday, we were hit with a snowstorm. This storm came with thunder! Only five houses lost power this time. I was the sixth house in the row of houses that lost their lights! Thank goodness I was hooked up to a different line! It reminds me of this scripture, A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Psalm 91:7. When the light company came out to repair the lines, they were shocked I had power. Look at God. Favor aint' fair.
Today is the last day of March and guess what? It is storming outside. I don't know what March has against Friday but make peace by next year please! This month has been a blur to me. I can say I am not sad to see it go! It came with its fair share of trouble! My cat got sick, my house needed what I thought was a major repair, my bonus was short by $900 from work because I missed one point from having an outstanding rating on my evaluation. My neighbor who looks out for me is moving and other trials happen that I will not mention! Ugh! Through all my March woes, I decided to face every obstacle with faith. I knew this was a test and I have had enough goodness in 2022 to last me a few years. I gritted my teeth and rode the bull of adversity until it stopped bucking! Praise God!!!
I want to encourage you as this month ends, to March forward into April with expectations. Expect that God will show up in any situation. When the lights went out a 2nd time in my neighborhood, it skipped me. On a night when I should have been cold, my built-in heater kicked in. When I went through a "Job" cycle, meaning bad news after bad news, I kept believing to see the goodness of the Lord and I did! Look forward to what is springing forth in this season. March, I need you to move a little faster. April is ready to do her thing!
P.S. March left out so fast, that I finished my blog at 12:00am! I missed publishing in March by 1 minute!!!
-Favorite Ruby Girl