Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Morning Page - Enjoying the Journey

Yesterday evening, we had the opportunity to take the twins for a drive. The reason for the drive was a sad occasion - we were going to a wake for their great grandmother on their daddy's side of the family. But there was a happy side to the trip as well. Their daddy had flown in from Romania, where he was serving in the military. Mommy had picked him up at the airport and would meet us at the funeral home.

As we got them dressed and loaded in the car, they were excitedly chattering "Go see Daddy," about a million times. But even though going to see Daddy was their goal, they were also very interested and excited in observing every thing they could during our trip.

Along the way, they observed the trees and sunlight. Then they began to argue whose sunlight it was as the sunbeams shifted across their faces as PaPa navigated the car along the curves of the road. I got so tickled hearing Brody exclaim "It's my sunlight!" as then the sun would hit Baylee in the face and she'd say, "No, it's my sunlight!"

I never heard of arguing over sunlight...

They would spot a bird and immediately Brody would put his hands up cupping his ears and whisper "Listen," to see if he could hear them sing.

On the second leg of the journey, we then took a very hilly road to the twins' delight. As we zoomed up hills and then down them, the kids would squeal "Wheeee." They were excited to notice tractors and COWS!

A simple drive brought them much joy.

I've always been fascinated with the imagery of comparing our Christian walk, our journey toward our eternal Home. 

What if we observed the world around us on our daily journeys and found as much joy in the everyday as the twins do on a simple car ride? What if we noticed the sun, trees animals as we go here and there, doing this and that? What if we stopped and listened for birdsong every little bit?

I suspect our blood pressure might go down. We might take some cleansing breaths and feel tension slip away from our knotted muscles.

What are we so serious about anyway? For those of us who are children of God and are trusting Him with our very lives, now might be a good time to reflect on Matthew 11:28-30:

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

And that is what is on my mind this gorgeous morning ... what's on yours?


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Bethany McIlrath said...

What a sweet memory for you and your grand kids! Thanks for the simple lesson on enjoying the journey : )

betty said...

So cute about the twins arguing over who the sunlight belonged to. I bet it brought a smile to your face as you were on that journey with them.


Anonymous said...

Sorry about the earthly loss but how sweet that the twins got to see their daddy! Interesting car ride for sure!