Whether it was ruminating about friends with struggles, or letting myself get discouraged by others actions and words, (or perhaps it was that I got on the scale…and it said I had gained 2 pounds!)…for whatever reason, I awoke rather melancholy.
I have a normal morning routine; it starts with waking with the sun. (I am a solar powered being- an oddity of nature…the sun is my alarm clock.- I guess I would sleep through the winter if I lived in Alaska.) After waking, I savor, and I mean S-A-V-O-R my morning cup of coffee. Then my little Dooley Doo, a mini dachshund, (who is actually more of a jumbo wiener dog), and I sit for about 30 minutes or so in my favorite chair, looking out at the beautiful mountains, SAVORing that coffee, reading the Word, and reflecting on God.
I didn’t do any of that today. :\ Oh I woke with the sun, but stayed in bed, and tossed and tussled as I went back to sleep for an hour. Well, after all the tossing and tussling, I probably only sleep an additional 5 minutes. This extra hour made me late, so the coffee wasn’t savored, Dooley Doo did not sit on my lap, I did not read God’s word, and I did not reflect.
Instead I felt grumpy and mopey and sad.
Several hours later I was busy working on my “list” of things I just had to accomplish today. I was sitting at my computer desk trying to figure out shipping costs for Ebay items (I think I have a love/hate relationship with Ebay). At that moment, I was more in the ‘hate’ mode of that relationship. So toss that in with the general malaise, the sad countenance, and you have a robin singing the blues.
But then I heard a wonderful sweet quiet sound. It was a song, sung by a 2 year old, my precious granddaughter. She had just asked me if we could go outside, and I said, “Wait for Nana to finish this.” And then Nana turned all her attention on the Ebay computer task at hand…Nana and her sad countenance. And then the song came magically to my ears, from the angelic soft voice of a child.
I am happy today, oh yes I am happy today, in Jesus Christ
I am happy today, because He has taken all my sins away,
and that’s why I am happy today.
She continued on, as I sat at my computer, with tears forming.
I am praying today, oh yes I am praying today, in Jesus Christ I am praying today,
because He listens to me and loves me, and thats why I am praying today.
Yes, I know she changed the words. I like hers better. By now tears are flowing from my eyes. I am still at my computer desk, but now my full attention is listening to her.
I am singing today, oh yes I am singing today, in Jesus Christ I am singing today because
He has taken all my sins away, and that is why I am singing today.
A child’s song gently reminded me that the greatest joy comes from our salvation. It comes from Him. He has taken all my sins, my fears, my sadness away. I get up from my computer desk, I go over to her. She is sitting in my chair. You know the chair I sit in to savor, read and reflect. Only she is the one – 2 years old- mind you- doing the savoring, reading and reflecting. I tell her thank you for singing that beautiful song about Jesus.
I ask her, "Are you ready to go outside"?
We go outside. We plant pumpkin seeds. We make a wonderful mess.
And that’s why I am happy today.