A Touch of Joy


Things can all look bleak when viewed through the eyes of chronic illness.  It can be so easy to grouse our way through life.  At some point, we realize just how fast our life goes by.  "Stop and smell the roses" may be trite.  But it is also true.  Can you look for the little joys, today?

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Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. James 4:14

I sit outside on the deck that overlooks the small lake that we share with several other families.

The beauty of it overwhelms me.  The brilliant blues of the water and the soft lush greens of the trees and brush.

I feel that nature is often my glimpse into the heart of God.  

I am in awe of God's creation.  I think of all the stars above on these glorious warm spring evenings. How vast is our universe!

Yet spring so quickly changes to summer - and summer to cool autumn nights.

One of the lessons I am quickly learning is just how temporary things are.

I look again at my recent losses.  A dear online friend.  My favorite cousin. My brother.  And now, my darling husband.

How did all the time go so quickly?  When did it all so swiftly pass?

I know when I was younger, a summer seemed neverending.  Waiting for Christmas took forever.  Time almost seemed to stand still.

Somewhere along the line it all sped up, until now, when I look back, the days of my life do seem to be that Scriptural 'vapor.' There is truly so little time between the sunrise and sunset of our lives.

Dealing with chronic illness has somehow given me the impression that the days strung out in a never-ending array.  That the pain will never stop.  That my body feeling awful is just the way that it will be.

The recent deaths have shown me otherwise.  

Things change.  And sometimes they change so quickly that we lose our breathe.

I'm finding I need to remind myself to stop.  To breathe.  To slow down and look at God's world and drink up the beauty of it all.

My encouragement for you today?  Don't lose what beauty you might find in today.  No matter how small - when it comes to you - savor it.  Hold on to it.

Enjoy beautiful pictures online.  Look outside your window.  Fill your mind with the amazing creations of God.

Rediscover that child-like awe inside of you.  It's still there if only you search for it.  Let that child wonder thrive in you today.  Let it bring you a touch of joy.

This all will be over soon enough.

Sometimes, far too soon.

Father God, How do I express the amazement I feel when I view your creation? Even in this time of sorrow - you show me the beauty in this world.  Help each of us to remember to look around us - and learn to see You in all that is lovely and good.  Help us to love and live each day.  And God?  Thank you for warming our world with You.  Amen and amen.

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