Today, I’ve got no crisis. Nothing that’s been making me miserable for months. No particular problem or deep inspirational thought or nostalgic reflections.
I’m just really happy. Because it’s beautiful weather, and I get to go see my friends later today, and my little brother just randomly gave me a hug. And the sky is amazingly blue and I’ve been reading a funny blog post. Also, I took this picture of my cat that I really like. Cat eyes are so creepy and beautiful.
I love moments like this. I know that five minutes from now I might feel completely different, but that doesn’t make this moment invalid. Right now I’m just sitting here soaking in God’s goodness. Here I am. I have a God and parents and siblings and friends who love me, and that’s pretty amazing. I can breathe, which I learn to value more when my asthma flares up.
People say that it’s hard to grow closer to God when everything’s going well for you, and I think they’re mostly right; but sometimes God gives you the incredible blessing of being aware of his presence in the good times.
Here are my favorite quotes for days like today.
Andrew Peterson, Don’t You Want to Thank Someone?
“Don’t you ever wonder why
In spite of all that’s wrong here
There’s still so much that goes so right
And beauty abounds?
‘Cause sometimes when you walk outside
The air is full of song here.
The thunder rolls and the baby sighs
And the rain comes down.
And when you see the spring has come
And it warms you like a mother’s kiss
Don’t you want to thank someone?
Don’t you want to thank someone for this? “
1 John 1:5
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
Switchfoot, Wonderful Feeling:
“I’ve got this wonderful feeling
I’ve got my hopes set high
And after all this time spent chasing my shadow
Let Your light be mine
Come on sunlight prove the darkness wrong
Ain’t it funny how the fears we had last night
Don’t look so scary in the morning light
Come on flowers open up your arms “
C.S. Lewis, I don’t know where:
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings:
“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but there is still much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”