This morning, with my county’s “stay at home” order in place, I was enjoying a few moments of reflection, gazing out my home office window. My winter-weary soul drank in the new, green life budding on everything my eyes touched.
The promise of beautiful life yet to come.
Then tears built in my eyes as I thought of the coronavirus, named COVID-19, rampaging around the world, stealing precious life. I thought of our economy, and the individuals and businesses struggling to hang on in the midst of all the stay-at-home orders. Sadness enveloped me, fear began to grow in the hollow of my stomach.
With tears flowing over, I stared out the window again. The beautiful, bright green buds bursting forth on the trees, broke through my heartache and tears. I felt the sun’s warmth on my arms, shining through the window from the bright, blue sky. And thankfulness bloomed in my heart for this promise I heard whisper through my soul – this virus will not last forever. Life will bud and bloom.
As I took in the budding, green landscape, my eyes fell on this little, jolting piece of an imp, just hanging out on the tree just outside my right window, staring into the window right at me!
Ha! When I got over my fright, I laughed out loud! This little dude was just hanging out on that tiny branch, nonchalantly watching me through that window. Taking it all in. With no fear.
What perspective this little imp brought. What perspective I felt him impart to me.
Take time to appreciate the beauty around you, being thankful for what you have. Acknowledge in your heart those who need your prayers and be diligent to feel and pray for them. Do whatever you can to help them and to make a difference in the lives around you.
But don’t let the sorrows of the world bring you down into discouragement. Know that there is hope. There will be new life springing forth, even in the midst of a dark season. Just like this cute, little squirrel found the one tiny branch on this tree to hold him, you can also find a tiny branch of hope to hold you.
Step out onto it.
And hold on to the hope it gives. And once you get your balance, share that hope with those around you.
And lastly, take time out to laugh out loud – it is such good medicine for your soul!
A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick. Proverbs 17:22
“Behold, I will do something new,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19
“For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand,
Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:13
Here’s a little fun #SocialDistancing perspective for you too, from my kitty, Jet.
Love and hope to you all ~ Mindy