This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
It was a beautiful, sunny summer morning, and I was driving to the grocery store when I had just missed the green left arrow of a long stoplight. Frustrated because I would have to wait, I said to myself, “I am not going to let any delays destroy the way I feel today. I am going to enjoy this wonderful day.” I kept this joyful disposition as I pulled into the parking lot, grabbed the shopping cart, and began shopping. My sons, ages two and three, tagged along as I took my time gathering each written item from my list. When we approached the section of eggs and milk, Daniel, my three year old, suggested he could put the eggs in the cart for me. I, of course, said no and explained we needed to check for broken egg shells.
Before Dan could reply, an older gentleman interrupted, “I don’t know about your son, but I agree with you about the eggs.” Smiling at each other, we began have a short conversation about children and grandchildren. The chat ended with the man stating, “Enjoy them now; it won’t be long before they are on their own.” How ironic that he should give me that piece of advice on that particular day!
Since that pivotal moment, I have often thought about those words of wisdom. Years have passed since that divine appointment in the eggs and milk aisle. I don’t know what that gentleman has been doing all these years, but I have tried to make a conscious effort to choose a cheerful and patient attitude each day. The years have been filled with precious moments that I have been able to savor. Hastily scurrying throughout the day attending regular tasks can cause me to be oblivious to the moments of joy. Daily, I must remind myself to slow down and pace myself. While there are necessary times to hurry, each day I work on choosing a calm spirit which allows me to experience the blessings of the day.
O, God, enable me to embrace and appreciate the moments you have given me today. May I not be so busy that I miss out on all that You want me to enjoy. Amen.