Miss Innocent One has no idea I'm listening. She goes about her business, cleaning her gerbil's cage without my help, being careful to dump the old shavings into the garbage outside so it doesn't stink up the kitchen. As she contentedly does her work, she plays the radio and because it's just who she is, soon she can't help but sing along.
"What if the blessings come through raindrops? What if the healing comes through tears? What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near?"
Her sincere, beautiful voice floats up to my office and my heart bursts. Her satisfaction and enjoyment of life, even in the chore of cleaning out a gerbil cage, move me. In the sweetness of this moment, I wonder why I ever worry at all. Why do I let things get to me, when every day these instances, moments where my soul weeps in gratitude for the blessings in my life, are waiting to be experienced? How many have I missed?
Truly God is good.
Make me more observant, Lord. Cultivate in me a spirit of thanksgiving for the now.
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