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One Donut Hole And Triple the Pleasure

knakal'sSome of life’s greatest lessons are experienced in the most ordinary settings.

Such is how it was this past Saturday when my girls and I walked into the local bakery.

As our eyes took in the almost empty shelves

we realized that we had come too late.

But together we decided to get some delicious horns and brownies.

While the lady behind the counter filled a box

we all noticed one lone donut hole.

“Can we have that one?” my oldest said pointing to the hole.

At first she was reluctant

but seeing our eager eyes

she  agreed.

Three pairs of eyes watched as she reached in way to the back and took that small donut hole.

“No charge,” she said handing it to my oldest daughter and proceeded to ring up the rest of our purchase.

Meanwhile we all shared that delicious donut hole.

Yes, three bites and smiles all around.

What one person might dismiss as of little value

another might see as being special.

We enjoy so many of life’s pleasures by sharing them.

Portion size doesn’t  matter.  Matter of fact our joy overflows in the sharing.

One small donut hole and I am still thinking about it.

Maybe there are more things in life

that are small

and seem to be of little value in this world that values money, position and beauty

but are treasures in disguise.

The elderly lady that lives alone.

And the  old man who slowly walks the street every day.

The young child

That simple job that no one seems to notice or value.

That blog

or article that one labored to write but now seems so simple

in a complex society with a different focus.

Little is big when God is in it.

Always.

Let’s not forget that, my friends.

Way Up Above

5178_1096514091948_2806996_nIt was a momentary glimpse –

a beautiful  deep blue patch of sky that I saw on my walk early this morning.

All around was heavy grey and fog but this small blue looked down at me

as if waving

and my heart rejoiced and was glad.

But all too quickly it disappeared and was gone.

I went on remembering that patch of blue

I danced knowing the truth

that way above me

where my frail eyes could not see

the sky was a glorious, shimmering blue

I often find that I’m called to live focused above my circumstances.

All around me are problems and fears

Deep within some troubles and tears

But I live above knowing that all is well

Trusting Him Who reigns in the blue

Singing for joy as I rest in His Promises

Sharing this truth that is meant for you too.

 

Shining Moments

We were standing in small shop in York Beach, Maine, browsing

     when all of a sudden I heard the sound of pouring rain.

My eyes quickly darted to the open door.

Looking out I saw heavy rain falling.

As if on cue my daughters eyes met mine.

No umbrella.

No car

   and our room at the motel was blocks away.

By this time the gushing water was filling the street.

Then I heard those words.

“Just rain.” I glanced up at the man behind the counter.

He was smiling broadly

    well used to these sudden summer showers.

“Yes, just rain.”  

My girls and I chuckled as the words sank in our mind.

Where we had immediately thought of the difficulty

     his words spoke calm reason.

No need to stress.

No, it was just rain.

Those words turned around our experience.

On the count of three we ran out the store,

     Up the street

    Splashing through the deep waters

    Laughing

    Hilarious fun.

I’ll never forget it.

Sure we were wet by the time we arrived back at our room.

Soaked to the bones

    but still

     it was just rain.

It applies to much of life, doesn’t it.

People tend to react emotionally

   to sometimes exaggerate

   making something seem like a catastrophe

  when all along it is

    ‘just rain’.

Writing from his prison cell the apostle Paul wrote these words.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

A joy that sings no matter what.

Hurricanes come;

    Hurricanes go.

Elections over

  The holiday season approaching.

Let’s count if all joy, my friends.

It’s all life. No need to get upset or discouraged.

It’s just rain.

So let’s begin to sing in the rain.

Put on our raincoats

    turning a wet scene into another adventure.

Count on it

   Life will happen.

It just does

  but our choice to maintain a heart that sings

   no matter what

  will open up doors of possibility

  that we had no idea existed.