This morning as I ran with the cool winter air around me, I knew exactly what I was going to write about… as I finished my run the words were gone. Those words that formed so easily in my mind as I made my way across the trail were no more. When it’s dark and still outside, being alone with my thoughts gives way to the flow of ideas, the words come so easily even though my plan is to share with the world falls apart. This happens more often than not.
As my day moved forward, I found myself perplexed with trying to recall the amazing story that had formed in the early morning hours. Where did all of those words go? Lost as the overwhelming deadlines, commitments, tasks to complete had entered my day. Oh to be back on the peaceful trail with only my thoughts to occupy my thoughts.
The day will come soon enough when all won’t be lost…
Psalm 62:1-2 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
If I were rich, I would be happy, correct? If I had a rewarding career, I would be satisfied, maybe? If I had a newer vehicle, I would never need another, right? And the list goes on and on – what defines happiness? Have you thought about what makes you happy? The other day as I was out for my morning run along the trail I was focused on the view. It was serene as the sunlight filtered through the trees and danced along the ground. The only sound was the crunch of fallen leaves beneath my shoes; it was hypnotic. With each breath, crisp, fresh air tickled my nose. It was peaceful, just Mother Nature and me.
I began to think about my life, my family and how good I feel about myself. Without hesitation, I thanked God for His many blessings and realized how happy I am with what He provides and how He answers my prayers even when it’s not what I expected.
Psalms 37:3: Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and truly you shall be fed.
Each day we’re blessed with a fresh start, a chance to start anew. What an amazing gift we’ve been given, but all too often without realizing how we take this for granted, it slips away. The daily grind of work, shuffling children to and from, running errands, meeting deadlines – wears us down. At the end of the day, it’s easy to find so many things to grumble about.
We tend to let the negatives flood our thoughts; after all, misery loves company. What happened to make you feel so down? Was it really that upsetting when your supervisor was critical of your work? Did your coworker realize they hurt your feelings? Were you really that angered when that car cut you off in traffic? STOP!
Take a deep breath and honestly think about your day. How did it begin? Were you greeted by your children with smiles and hugs? Did your spouse pull you close for a good morning kiss? Were the birds singing as you stepped outside? Were you able to catch the morning colors of the sky as the sun crossed the horizon? Did someone brighten your day because they took time to smile?
Knowing that we’ve been given a precious gift, one that only He can provide, challenges us each day to work His will and be His hands as He wants the best for us.
Psalm 118:23: This is the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.