During this past week I think God has been trying to get my attention. As I have often experienced in my relationship with God, he is ever so subtle when he is trying to teach me something.
He has sent me little messages through a penny on the ground at my car door. He has sent me a very personal message through a painting on our Paschal candle.
These last few days I seem to be getting these little unexpected occasions of joy. Little bursts of joy that appear ever so briefly, yet undoubtedly fill the bill.
The other day my husband and I were just opening the door to leave our room. At that very moment two tiny frolicking puppies almost ran into our room. They were happily bounding down the long hallway ahead of their owner. They were so playful and energetic that it really made us stop and smile. These two little dogs were eager to go outside and play ball. They had been cooped up in the room all day long and it was time to run.
Once again yesterday these two happy puppies greeted us as we left the building. They make us smile every time we see them. They are a reminder that God wants us to be joyful.
These little dogs would much rather be running around outside with the wind blowing in their ears, but instead they only get to be outside a few minutes each day.
These cute little dogs want to chase the ball thrown by their owner, but he is working all day. They are eager to catch the ball and return it to their master just so he can throw it out once again.
I ask myself. What are you doing to fill your day with joy?
Is it fixing breakfast for my husband?
Is it chopping carrot sticks for his lunch?
Is it making the bed?
I think these little dogs are God’s way of showing me there can be much joy in life’s simple pleasures. You don’t have to be having a special celebration to experience joy. You do not have to be in some exotic destination to experience joy. You don’t even have to be with your best friend to experience joy.
Life is filled with near occasions of joy that may go unnoticed if we do not look. We could not ignore these two happy dogs. We nearly tripped right over their little bodies.
They are living proof that even if you are cooped up inside a single room all day there is joy worth waiting for.
In the end you do get to run with the wind in your hair.
In the end you do get to catch the ball.
In the end you do get to return to your master.