I’ve been sick with a bad bout of tonsillitis for the past week or so. On the way to the doctor last Friday (my second visit of last week), I was waiting at a traffic light and a patch of bright blue caught my eye. Beyond the moat and old wall around the old city in Chiang Mai, my gaze became fixed by a brightly painted balcony and wall amidst a scene of drab.
I’ve been reading Ann Voskamp‘s “One Thousand Gifts” lately and have been challenged to say the least. Her writing style is unique and beautiful; her words thought-provoking and heart-wrenching. But full of reminders of God’s goodness and His grace. Graces.
I recommend the book.
On her blog she continues listing her “One Thousand Gifts” – she’s well above 2000. Going into these gifts and graces in more detail in her book, she includes not just the happy feel-good gifts and graces but the ugly things turned beautiful.
So on the way to the doctor last Friday when I saw the blue blue balcony jumping out of the tired row of ‘hong thaew’ (row houses/buildings) I knew it was a gift.
So here starts my list of One Thousand (and more) Gifts:
1. Blue balcony in a lackluster view.
2. Phone calls and Skype calls from the other side of the globe.
3. Co-workers going the extra mile to help another.
4. Dear Dear serving me in the midst of a busy day.
5. Fresh mangoes and flowers brought with love.