Each day when I sit at the computer in my study I will at some time turn my head to look out of the window beside me.
Now the weather in Northern Ireland is not that hot and sunny and when we do get good weather it is limited to a few days now and again during May - August. Although as I am writing this the sun is beaming down into my back garden which is the view I have from my study window.
We are also known for our rain (although we do not get any more in the year than Delaware or Belgium - I know this because those are the other two places we have lived in and I did a bit of research - it just seems like it).
So you may be surprised to find out what is sitting in our garden since May last year (not this year).
This is the view that I have from my study
Yes those are two white PVC sun-loungers sitting in my garden.
And Yes they have sat there for over a year because we are rather lazy and didn't bother to put them away and also because we got a new BBQ last year (we used it twice) and some extra chairs to match our table so the BBQ and the chairs are now taking up the space in the garden shed where these two sun-loungers and their matching 6 recliner chairs used to be. We gave the chairs and cushions to our son and daughter in law so that they could have something in their garden shed.
Now the point of this is that those two sun loungers always make me think of the chairs and the chairs always make me think of our Sun Room in the house we lived in, in Belgium for over 6 years.
You see when we got to Belgium we had a Sun Room but no furniture to go in it so I thought well we will probably buy a sofa for it.
But also when we got to Belgium we had garden furniture but no garden shed to keep it in and the garage was under the house so it was just not feasible to expect Fred to go down to the garage every time we would want to sit out in the back garden.
So we just sort of started off by putting the garden chairs into the Sun Room. It was very convenient to just open the door from the Sun room to the garden and lift out whatever number of the chairs we needed. It was so convenient that they stayed there for the whole time we lived there and we never bothered to buy proper furniture for the Sun Room.
So then you see we could say we just "made do" with what we had for the Sun Room.
I spent many happy Monday mornings there sitting on those chairs as I prayed specifically for our kids.
Many evenings were spent sitting on those chairs with family visiting from the UK.
Many evenings were spent sitting on those chairs with other visitors from all over the world.
Many very happy occasions were spent on those chairs as our church homegroup met in our home for pot luck dinners.
Our homegroup was like our family away from our homeland. Most of the group were from other countries having come to Belgium through work etc. These were the people of all ages who met together on a weekly basis to worship and study God's Word together. These were the people who looked after each other in all sorts of ways when we had no other family to turn to. These were the people who shared each others joys and heartaches and prayed together through the deep desires of our hearts.
No-one ever asked why we had garden furniture in that room.
So you see I don't think of us just "making do" in all those years; I actually think of it as "making use of what we had" and it being a good job.
We had people of every class of life in that room and every single one of them happy to sit on those chairs. That room was always full of smiling faces and I am thankful for the great memories that were created there.
So the next time you think you are just going to have to make do with what you have either in belongings or in the talents and the gifts that God has given you (or as you may think the not so good as other people's talents and gifts) then think of my garden furniture in my Sun Room.
Remember that you can make use of what you have and use it wisely for the benefit of yourself and of others.
Be thankful for what you have and that you are not "just making do".