It’s just after 5 a.m. on a Friday morning and I’ve already enjoyed a half hour with the Lord and I’m on my second cup of “Jet Fuel.” Yes, that really is the name of the coffee. We don’t always drink it, but it is probably my favorite, with the possible exception of “Zombie Defense.” I’d have to drive about an hour from my home to get a cup of that stout brew, so I’ll be content with Jet Fuel and fly above the Zombies.
Little pleasures…that’s what’s on my mind, and although there is not a clown-sized smile on my face, there is a genuine sense of rest and peace. Perhaps it is the little hand written note from a grandchild informing me they were here at my writing table. She didn’t have to do that. There goes a fleeting memory of a time with my daughter. Look at her. She’s only about two, standing in a five gallon bucket of water, pounding her chest and yelling like Tarzan. The house is clean and orderly, thanks to my fastidious wife. She also has a rather green thumb and an airplane plant sits on a stand in the corner, healthy and happy. Life and love seem to be all around today.
How many things make up a full container of contentment? As I ponder this my cup truly does overflow. Not with the “big deals” at work (although those are nice), but with a mélange of little things, like peanut butter, and air conditioning, and soap and clean clothes and…you get the idea. All these and so many more spill over the rim when I take the time to allow myself to sink into a tub of thankfulness.
In The Peacemakers Series I try to weave this sense of mostly unspoken gratitude into the lives of the main characters, especially CJ and David. They have their share of calamities and outright heartaches, but there is always an undercurrent of thankfulness. I picture them happy with little, or with much.
I must confess, I don’t soak in gratitude as often as I should. Hmmm…perhaps I should do that. Instead of a quick shower, I think I’ll soak for a while this morning. I’m not quite through counting my blessings.
Thank you, Lord, for hot water, and for a fluffy towel, and for shampoo that’s supposed to help with the thinning hair and…
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.