Walking the fluffy puppy through the Ham Lands this morning, we came across an elderly lady who was walking her rather regal looking dog. They were both slow, the lady with a walking stick and the dog trotting happily beside her. Stopping to chat, she told me that her dog had suffered a stroke a few days ago. She looked over at my puppy and with a great sadness in her eyes she said, “You are so lucky, you are at the beginning of the journey with yours.”
That lady made me think about what she is longing for. She has had 13 years with her dog and now she is coming to the end of her journey with him. And I felt an instant conviction. I have been blessed with so many journeys in my life, my precious girls, my marriage, my friends and family, my jobs, my life in the UK. I think that it is only recently that I have realised that I have spent so much time focussing on the wrong things that I have not fully enjoyed what I have.
I missed so much of the joy of my precious girls whilst I worried about the mundane. I have friendship that are heaven sent but I have been distracted by life. I could go on but I won’t because I don’t want you to think badly of me J
“Blessed abundantly” is not enough to describe what I am. So much love, so much joy and laughter, more than I will ever be able to realise. I recon it is time to enjoy the present and hear what Jesus said on the mountain: “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life- whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more that food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store away in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all you worries add a single moment to your life?” (Matthew 6, 25,26 NLT)
Nope, not a single moment added but many beautiful moments lost. So, perhaps I should change that, starting now! As the legend Bob Marley said: No worry, no cry :)