Depending on your geographical location the incidence of drought may or may not affect you. Here in the Northeastern United States we are currently running a deficit in precipitation to the tune of about eight inches shy of normal.
Due to this shortage we have had to rein in certain activities such as watering vegetation, washing cars, and other needs that are not essential. Along with this there have been significant concerns about fires in the arid forest and grasses. We have had a number of small forest fires here but nothing in comparison to some of the other areas of the country.
My perception in these conditions causes me to ponder others who deal with a shortage of water as part of their daily existence, while we are momentarily inconvenienced by a sporadic shortfall of water others are perishing for lack of it. It is natural to begin to take for granted what we have, still… it bothers me.
When we are faced with the inconvenience of a shortage, suddenly we realize how much we use or depend on it. Most of the time I believe we are so focused on, complaining about, or blaming others for the inconvenience that we rarely ever allow it to be a springboard of thought on how it may actually be providing something good in the midst of the momentary trial.
Our world is not one of chaos but order, even in the middle of various natural events often termed disasters, there is ultimate purpose and design. When a forest burns and perhaps even homes and natural resources, we collectively groan and berate the cost and loss, yet it isn’t so long after evidence of new life begins to reign in areas that were decimated a few months earlier.
Let the rain reign on the dry lands and let the things we take for granted be cause for mindfulness about how much we have to be thankful for.
Do you think of others and what they lack that we take for granted? How does it change your thinking when you do?