God uses strange tools to transform our perspective – like raindrops reflecting back the beauty of our surroundings. Reminders to celebrate where you are.
Who knew that spending the past three seasons of harvest driving a wheat truck, far removed from my career path of Writer and Recruiter, could so transform my heart around so many things? As though God had to put a picture frame around my blessings in order for me to see them for what they really were.
Which of course got me to thinking…
What if, instead of wanting to escape the moment we’re living, we dove into (or drove into : ) it determined to see the beauty in the moment – to celebrate where you are.
In the midst of this last season of driving, driving, driving to bring the harvest in, I noticed a change in my spirit. This soul who spent so much of life seeking contentment in faraway places – Chicago, Seattle, Amarillo, Dallas, packing, unpacking, and repacking again a house-full of treasured things – finally found it right back where the journey began, newly liberated of all those things.
It sounds really Bedford Falls’ish. Discovering the best years of my life right back home where I started. Minus the things I thought I had to have to make it so. Realizing all that is precious remains: friends, family, love, faith, and joy – the true ingredients of home.
Sometimes all we really need is fresh perspective – it changes how we view where we are, and who we are in the midst of it. No matter how difficult the terrain.
To celebrate our joys is to open the gate to the sweetest garden, where magical moments are found …
The smell of rain on dirt and wheat and forest – delectable, soul-nourishing, bliss.
To hear the sound of Hubby calling my mother “mom”, and knowing at last it’s true.
Discovering lost memories of happy moments shared with family gone too soon – the unexpected reward of the view from a truck.
Like precious pearls gathering on a string before our very eyes, droplets of fresh joy quench our thirsty souls. And that, is cause to celebrate where you are.
Give thanks in all circumstances… 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Care to join me in cultivating a new habit of learning to celebrate where you are?