Turning Disappointment Around: Singing in the Rain

4 Mar

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Storyline conference in San Diego. Excited to go would be an understatement. Not only was the content of the conference exactly what I was looking for. . . I love San Diego. The ocean, the sun, the food, the flowers blooming in February, the palm trees, the green grass.

I boarded the plane leaving behind this.  That would be  3 feet of snow in my front yard. And yes, it was -15 and yes it felt like -35.

ImageWhen I got to the conference, it was not sunny 75. Nope, it was 60 rainy, windy, dreary, drizzly. I came into the meeting room wet and irritated. Not exactly the trip I had imagined.

And then. . .this.

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Gene Kelley Singing in the Rain

As we entered the room sopping wet, the screen was full of rain and happiness.  Watch the video here.

My mood changed. The room changed.

Suddenly the rain looked like a gift. Which to Californians. . . it definitely was in this drought season.

Sometimes it takes so little to turn a disappointment around.

What can we do in kid’s ministry to turn something around? What can we do as parents? Next time a disappointment happens look at it from a different perspective. Refocus the kids attention to something else. Realign our own thinking.

Rain can be a gift. Even when you wanted the sun.

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