On Being Thoughtful And Thankful
On Being Thoughtful And Thankful
Stephen A. Peterson
The numbers of the silver colored clock radio read 7:15 AM. “Good morning Oklahoma City! It’s a chilly ten degrees out there in the Big Town today. Traffic is moving at a slow pace in all directions on the drive to work and school. Caution is advised.”
17 year old Deana Wright shuffled down the hall just ahead of her mother to turn up the thermostat before she got ready for school. “Deana, turn the thermostat up to 78 degrees and it’ll be nice and toasty in about ten minutes, dear. I’ll go ahead and get breakfast for you, “her mother said in a low tone of voice.
Messaging both arms, she found herself grumbling to God. “Lord, it’s not officially winter yet according to the calendar and I’m already tired of winter and cold weather. I’m sick of the same old, same old! All I do is get up, go to school, sit in boring classes, listen to boring teacher, eat boring food, do dumb homework, do computer work that’s time consuming, watch senseless television programs…”
At that moment there was a loud thumping sound. The power went off plunging the house into total darkness. Immediately, the radio and television ceased giving information and the furnace no emitted heat. “Oh, great! I’ll bet the ice and snow has caused a downed power line somewhere or one of the transformers shut down. Now I’ll be cold for a long time! And I won’t be able to take a shower right away! I hate not taking a shower! Darn!!!!”
No television epitomized life without electricity. No lights, no hot water, no heat. Not even hot cereal, bacon and eggs, or hot tea. For breakfast Deana ate a cold pop tart, a banana and orange juice.
“I’ve got to get to school today. We have a yearbook meeting today. I have to get my picture turned in or else. Maybe there’s no school today. Where’s that pocket radio! Where’s a flashlight when you need it! How long will the electricity be off? Gosh, it so cold! How long will the heat be off?”
Turning on the radio Deana learned that school was cancelled due to an area wide loss of electrical power when a squirrel tripped a transformer’s circuitry system. According to the radio announcer, businesses, school and public services had either come to a standstill or were slowed due to the electrical outage.
Deana and her mother began putting clothes on pipes and slightly opening faucets to avoid freezing. As Deana began bundling up in more blankets, the power surged back on after three and a half hours. The television commentator seemed to shout, lights shone brightly and the room began to warm the refrigerator-like room conditions. The warmth and comfortable feeling it brought was very inviting to Deana. It felt so good to her. Now she could clean up and move about in comfort.
Deana paused for a moment to contemplate as to what she had just experienced. “I sometimes don’t appreciate all that God has given me until it is taken away for a time. I’ll be more thankful for what I’ve been given from God rather than complain.”
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Good lessons in thankfulness to be learned from this.