Thursday, April 21, 2005

Busy Days and Simple Joys

Psalm 4:7-8 says"You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.I will lie down and sleep in peace for You alone,O Lord,make me dwell in safety.

Yesterday had been a very busy day for Steve and I.It was sunny and warm and the perfect day to drive into Salem to run some errands which included picking up a prescription for Steve locally,taking a bag of clothes to a consignment shop in Salem,getting gas while in Salem,having Wal-Mart fill the aforementioned prescription,returning a shovel to Steve's mom and stopping by his daughter's apartment to see if we could help her washing machine to not leak.Alot of small errands.Some time-consuming(like the washer;we could not fix it).Some not(dropping off the shovel).Warm,sunny weather,although nice,has always had a tendency to tire me out.I have always presumed it to be caused by my very fair Irish complexion(I burn easily and am sun sensitive in other ways too).We finished our errands and made it back to Stayton.Steve napped but I just had to catch up on e-mail.I did'nt nap.I am up early daily so by 5-6 pm I was ready for dinner and relaxing.Steve wanted to mow so I said I would hold the cord to our electric mower for him.I figured I could sit there and hold it and it would'nt take long.I did'nt know God had a little surprise for me.As I sat there while he mowed.I began to notice all 5 of my senses were very much alive at that moment.I noticed how incredibly blue the sky was.How white the puffy,cotton ball clouds were.How bright and warm the evening sun was.How purple our Azalea was.I noticed how beautiful the evening bird songs were.I think they were praising the One who created them. :-)I noticed the smell of the freshly cut lawn...sheer bliss.And I definitely noticed the smell of the neighbors who were grilling steaks just next door to our left.As I held the cord for Steve I began to grin.He had no idea why.I was simply and purely filled with joy at just how incredible and awesome our 5 senses are(I was tactful and did not ask to taste the neighbor's steak.....LOL.....I do love grilled steak though :-) ).I began to grin even more.I was filled with just the most awesome sense of His presence.I think He was smiling at my smiling.I began to thank(in my heart)the One who had created such incredible beauty.No neon light or anything Hollywood produced could compare with the awesomeness of God's beauty and creation.I was given such a gift.The awareness of just how incredible our 5 senses are.And I slept peacefully last night too knowing that the One who created such beauty was also watching over and protecting Steve and I as well!Blessings!


Paul said...

Hi Sharon,

Welcome to the world of Blogging.

Good to see you here and it is awesome to simply enjoy the simple things of the Lord.

The beauty of sky, the smell of flowers, a bubbling brooke, birds waking you with songs in the morning hours.

Blessings to Steve, you and your family.

Writing for the King,


Sharon said...

Hi brother Paul!
Thanks for stopping by!! :-)And thank you for the welcome to the world of blogging.It's been fun so far.And yes,it is simply awesome to enjoy the simple things of the Lord.I have had a life long love of God's creation.It makes me think of how awesome the Garden of Eden must have been! :-)The town we live in is a riot of spring color right now.God is truly amazing.Oh,and as an early riser there are few blessings nicer than being awakened by bird songs! :-) Once again,thanks for stopping by brother.Blessings to you and your family as well.I pray that whole social security situation works out well for you and that it's quickly resolved.God bless.Have an awesome day.