"As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; / [ . . . ] Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: / Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; / Selves -- goes itself; 'myself' it speaks and spells, / Crying 'What I do is me; for that I came'." --Gerard Manley Hopkins

10 April 2007

Gems of Joy

Sometimes life is hard. We get lonely or depressed or overwhelmed with grief or work, and we just don't want to keep going. It's hard to focus on anything but the self and its pain and questions and frustration. But then we find a way to just get on with it, to do our best with what we've got.

And sometimes, then, God drops a gem of joy into our lives, just a little reminder. It may be a CD from an old friend you haven't talked to in years but who knew you'd like the music and the message. It may be a decorated balloon tied to your office door, bouncing a cheery face up and down in greeting from a beloved student. It may be the news that your son is returning from wherever he's been on a six-month deployment. It may be finding that one of your two best friends, someone you haven't seen in 15 years, is coming your way in just a few weeks.

It may even be all those things in a 2-week window, the last three just yesterday and today.

I need to stop complaining and do more dancing in the delight of His love.


Andrew J. Goggans said...

Our God is so good. If there is one thing I have seen in my life it is that He always provides for us just what we need, when we need it. I favorite name for God is Jehovah-jireh; literally translated it means "God will see to it."

I've been thinking about signing up for a blog over here to keep up with you and other friends over here better, so now I have. I know it would mean a lot to a lot of your students if you did the same over at Xanga. You wouldn't have to go to the trouble of posting anything there, just provide a link to here. It's a thought but I know you're inordinately busy so please don’t feel pressured.

Megan said...

... or it may be someone else's cheerful words of praise for a God who gives ALL good things---the large and the small. Thanks for the encouragement!

alaiyo said...

Andrew, That's one of my favorite names for God, too --
"God will provide." I've considered xanga but don't think I will. Do feel free if you wish to occasionally post a link to inscapes at your weblog there. I'll check out your new blogspot home as soon as I can!

Megan, thanks for the kind words! It's always good to "see" you here! I hope all is going well with you these days.

GrumpyTeacher1 said...

Sometimes complaining is too much fun. It looks like you have lots of joy heading you way, though.

cassie-marie said...

I love your honesty. I really do.