Wow – what an exquisite gift this day has become! When life is “normal” and I am able to be out and about and on-the-go, I might take time to acknowledge the beauty of another God-given day; a very short time; one quick word of thanks - and then I’ve got things to do, places to be. The words of praise fade quickly away.
These stay-at-home days are not normal. Today I feel the constraints the property line.
But there it is, right there on our back porch. The blue, blue sky, bright sun, blooming daffodils (boy did Heather ever plant a lot of daffodils this year!) blossoming willows, and fresh green grass become the playground for cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, sparrows, squirrels, rabbits, and even an occasional deer. Why not just sit and be amazed?
The heavens keep telling the wonders of God,
and the skies declare what he has done…
They don’t speak a word,
and there is never the sound of a voice.
Yet their message reaches all the earth,
and it travels around the world. (from Psalm 19, CEV)
Instead of bemoaning all the things I cannot do, or places I cannot go – why not just sit in my rocking chair and enjoy? Why not compose my own psalm of thanksgiving to the God who has given me this day; another freebie, no charge at all. Another amazing gift.
When my psalm is written, I will take some time to pray for those whose lungs are drowning in the virus and those who are stretched to the limit as they care for our sick ones.
Receive the blessing of this day, brothers and sisters – and be glad.