Monday, October 3, 2016

Sunshine in My Soul

This morning I woke up and just felt like singing the opening song from the musical Oklahoma! 

   "Oh what a beautiful morning! Oh what a beautiful day!
    I've got a beautiful feeling! Everything's going my way!"

Which is kind of interesting considering the fact that (1) it's been more than a year since I've heard that song (usually from my mother) and (2) because I had every reason to be extremely down about the last week we had.

I got really sick starting last Tuesday ending yesterday. I had a bacterial infection in my digestive system that caused a fever and chills, a lot of stomach pain, and many other unpleasant side effects that no one really wants to know the details of. I had a visa trip during that time. Being on a plane was the last thing I wanted to do, but in order to be in Russia legally it had to be done, so I went. However, because no one had told Aleksander, the visa registrar who organizes all mission travel, that the monthly mission leadership meeting had been moved to a later week, we ended up in Rostov instead of Krasnodar after our trip. Luckily, Aleksander had bought us train tickets for early the next morning to go home. Unluckily, a different companionship of sisters had mistakenly taken our companionship phone to a different part of the city at about midnight, and we didn't realize until they were already home and it was already too late. So, we had to take a train that left in the evening. 
Needless to say, I didn't eat very much this week, and we didn't get as much done as we thought we would. In fact, we barely got anything done.

Which, in the past, has caused me to be a very grumpy camper. But, I wasn't (well at least not that grumpy). And today, I was surpised to find quite a bit of sunshine in my soul.

For those of you who don't know, I'm referring to a beloved LDS hymn called There is Sunshine in my Soul Today. This is the chorus:

     "Oh there's sunshine, blessed sunshine, when the peaceful happy moments roll. 
      When Jesus shows His smiling face, there is sunshine in my soul."

So, how does Jesus show His smiling face to us? Well, for me, He let me know that I have a lot of work left to do, miracles left to see, and people left to bless. It's going to be a wonderful week because He wants it to be. We don't always recognize the reasons why in the moment, but each and every day is a blessing to enjoy. I love being on a mission because I'm hyper-focused on finding the good in every day. Finding the miracle that occured, usually the miracles. It's a great blessing to have learned how to make even the worst days come out actually being some of the best.

In other news, I'm getting a new companion! Sister Lindquist will be staying in Krasnodar, but she'll be with a different sister. I'll be with a mini-volunteer! One of my very best friends from Volgograd, Sister Lesistena! She's a mini-volunteer because she'll only be on her mission for the next 6 weeks, and I'm so excited for them! I pick her up tomorrow from the mission home. I'm really excited about it!

Have a wonderful week!


Sister Jarvis

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