Friday in Atenas means Feria Day. I look forward to this outdoor farmers’ market every week. It is our chance to find items that may not be available at the grocery during the week. Most of my day is spent prepping the produce to be used in meals throughout the following week. Market day means looking forward to things like pumpkin bread and pies, fresh fruit smoothies, and salads. Tonight’s dinner will include grilled, stuffed jalapenos, deviled eggs, fresh steamed broccoli, and barbecued pork chops. What a nice change!
It’s fun having something to look forward to. It provides motivation and adds to productivity. That’s why when an expectation is not met, disappointment sets in. There are sometimes unexpected events that cause us to miss out on our weekly trip to the market. When it happens, it throws off my groove. Being sick on a Sunday or having to miss Bible study because of another ministry conflict, leaves me with a great sense of lack.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12, NIV).