The other day I was visiting a friend at her house. It was a surprisingly beautiful considering where I live. Here the word hot is equivalent to humid. They are one in the same. And it’s usually like that up until November and then it gets cold, but the fact that our bodies have been adjusting most of the year to living in a sauna, the drop in temperature seems to send us all into shock and we all of a sudden have to wear parkas and crank the heat. But that’s not why I wanted to talk to you today.
After our kids were done eating and started playing outside, we decided to follow them. We were going to go for a walk before my son reminded me that none of my children had shoes. Five sets of feet and zero shoes. That’s when I remembered my famous words to my kids right before we left, ‘don’t worry about shoes, we are only staying for a little bit after dinner’. Well, two hours and a half hours later, we’re not back home and still no shoes. So we opt to stay and hang out in the yard chatting and watching the kids play.
A gentle breeze started picking up. It held the sent of grass and flowers in it. Tickling our skin and hair, I couldn’t help but soak it in. The noise around me started dying out and I stared at the clouds. They moved across the sky with ease. I laid down in the yard and starting saying a prayer of thanks. There is so much more in life than no shoes for a walk. There is so much more than stressing over all the little things in life. Though it’s not always easy to remember that.
God has given us an entire planet. Filled with beautiful colors and soft clouds. I got lost in that for a moment. I let God take my worries and cares and in return he gave me peace. I looked around me and others had followed my lead. It was, in a word, serene.