We have striven to instill in our children an appreciation and joy for the little things. A couple weeks ago we received our first blanket of snow here in North Dakota. While it was a little earlier in the year then I would have liked, I was greeted in the morning by an excited teenage boy.
“Mom, you have to get up and see Bailey’s little pawprints in the snow, they are the cutest little things!” Bailey is our 5 pound Chihuahua/Rat Terrier we re-homed for an elderly couple this past spring. After years of fighting the pet battle, our kids reached the age where they could care for their own pet and so we became dog owners. After coming from a home with elderly caretakers, she has found great joy in being part of a family that is constantly going and taking her on new adventures. One of them was this snowy, outside day. Tiny, snowy pawprints did indeed cover our backyard as she bounded through the snow.
This was not a great event in the whole scheme of life, but for my children it brought great joy to their hearts. It seems such a small thing, but it’s a big lesson. We all would do well to take such joy in the little things of life. Life is full of heavy, hard things. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming.
Ecclesiastes is a book in the bible in which King Solomon recounts his earthly journey. Much of this book is spent telling us how the things of life are meaningless and apart from God you won’t find the fulfillment and joy you are looking for.
In chapter eight verse fifteen of this book we read these words:
“So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 8:15 (NLT)
Learning to enjoy the seemingly small things in life refreshes us. Some of the things God has for us to do can get difficult and seem impossible. But, if we take the time to notice the things the hurriedness of life can cause us to miss, we will see He does provide ways to find joy and contentment. We just have to stop long enough to enjoy them.
Lord, help us to take the time to enjoy the little things in life you have provided for us. May we not grow weary in the things you have asked us to do, but find ways to enjoy life as well. Amen