A few days ago I went into my backyard to pick up some paper plates that had blown off my deck (where I feed stray cats). As I walked across the yard I suddenly stopped, taking in the picture-perfect Spring day. I looked up at the bright blue sky, noticed how green the trees were with sunlight streaming between the branches, and listened to the birds chirping their hearts out. It was impossible not to feel a sense of joy as I took in the beautiful day that the Lord had provided.
I couldn't help but think back to my much-busier days of teaching school, raising my children, and constantly feeling I was in a rush.
Not that I didn't appreciate pretty days then, because I did. But now that my life is at a slower pace, I can take time to savor all the beauty around me. And take extra time to give thanks to the One who created all the wonderful sights and sounds around me.
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24