Early this morning I laced my running shoes and took to the roads.
The wind blew hair freely and
I began to think
and pray as my feet hit the hard pavement.
One step after another
back and forth
an ordinary day and an ordinary run.
But all of a sudden as I rounded the bend
my eyes fell on a small colorful flag in front of someone’s lawn.
I stopped running and walked over to the flag.
There was something that pulled me to see what it said.
ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS
Like words from above the words sank into my heart.
Enjoy- yes, enjoy.
Drink deeply of those things that mean so much.
Ladybugs and butterflies,
Laughter in the walls of our home.
Stars that twinkle overhead and m&m moments.
It is all too easy to be overwhelmed by the tasks and decisions of the day.
We all have them.
Life can get so complicated, can’t it?
But in the midst of all of that
there are those little things.
The smile of a baby,
a card from a friend
the call from a loved one
and that sip of cold iced tea.
All blessed gifts from above that smooth the way and encourage the weary pilgrim.
I love that word because it reminds me to savor the moments
rather than just letting them slip by unnoticed.
Ponder the good.
Hold tight to the quickly passing ‘now’.
Little things –
pay close attention to the small things.
I find it all too easy to be so focused on what I am doing and need to get done
that I miss the important.
The rising of the sun on a new day
The fragrance of the blooming lilac
That slight hint of a smile on one whose been battered by life’s trials but is beginning to feel hope.
Hold fast to the little things.
As I began to run again I knew that I had been given my focus for the day.
Let go of the complicated and big.
Step back from the constant doing, doing, doing
and ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS.
Seems like I remember One saying long ago,
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33)
ENJOY, my friend
Yes, join me won’t you in enjoying the little things today.