It is true , isn't it ? We learn best by experience and experience takes time.
One of the things I have learned is that it is the simple pleasures of the day that fill my heart with contentment and love toward God.
And is it not true that when we have come to the place in our lives where we take the time to 'stop and smell the roses' we have come to the place where contentment dwells.
The simple things that gave me pleasure today are .....
the little wild bunny outside my window.....
The Robin going about his Creator's business - keeping the earth's 'population' of bugs and worms under control !
I observered and learned from him.
Distractions hardly disturb his concentration on the task at hand.
He listens, eagerly , his head cocked.... and then bounces over to grab the grub that unfortunately made some discernable sound.
I also noticed that his pleasure never diminishes as he goes about his work. Each time the sound of a bug or worm triggers the quick reaction of his beak, it is like the first time !
I have also marveled at his seemingly endless energy . He never loses that look of being completely engaged in his activity and couldn't think of a thing he'd rather be doing.
The Robin taught me a lesson today...... Am I so engaged in my Father's business that distractions hardly disturb me? Am I so eager to do His will that I can't think of anything I would rather be doing? Am I tireless in my pursuit of Him ?
Then I took pleasure in this Klamath Weed (I think hardly apropriately named) that I found growing beside the gravel back alley that I walk along to my daughter's house. It's beauty caught my eye though it was growing at the edge of a neglected, overgrown garden.
We sometimes grow weary, do we not? And wonder if there is a purpose in our being planted where we are? All around us is pain and sorrow and heartache and trouble. But what an opportunity to show the love and glory of our Lord in contrast.
And I was amazed at the large fuchia bud in my hanging basket !!
How beautiful and varied are the wonders of God's creation.
Has our great and wonderful God not given us so much to enjoy and treasure and learn from ?
What did you notice in His world today ?
Psa 69:30 "I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving."