Today, instead of the salad that I had planned for lunch, I decided to go out. When I left the office, it was very dreary; a little chilly, no sun, and while heading in to the restaurant it started raining. Add to that the haze I have been in due to a respiratory bug I am recuperating from…my spirit really needed some lifting.
As I was sitting and enjoying my lunch, a sweet little girl caught my eye. She was about two years old, with short, shaggy golden brown hair that magnified her beautiful, smiling brown eyes. She was in a cute little polka dot shirt and black leggings. As she sat on the table facing her mother, every now and again she would burst out in laughter due to unknown words her mom whispered to her.
Their joy was contagious! The innocence and beauty of the love between this mother and her daughter touched me, and I felt my heart fill up. For some reason, I felt a connection with them, and couldn’t keep myself from smiling.
As they were on their way out, the little girl broke free from her mom, and ran over to me. She looked up at me with those gorgeous eyes, said good-bye, then ran back to her mom.
My day was changed in a matter of moments.
In the past, I may have not even noticed the beauty that was occurring right in front of me. Sometimes it is so easy to be overwhelmed with the negative around or within us…we forget to open our eyes to the goodness that is always right there in front of us.
As I grow in faith and maturity, I am learning to keep my eyes, ears, and heart open to God’s whispers to me. He never lets me down.
Today, He was reminding me that His love is all around me, sometimes in unexpected places. And I am reminded to praise and worship my Lord and Savior, and to be grateful in all things.
Need I tell you, the sun is now shining and there is no sign of rain?
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9
We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28