“How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.” Psalm 36: 7, 10.
To say that last week was a blur is an understatement. I rose on Monday morning of this week, looked at my scheduled tasks, then asked myself how it is possible I completed so many of them last week! Even though I still must finish editing and omit some sections of my study for publications and presentations, I felt so free when I woke up on Sunday morning because I knew I didn’t have any writing to do. It felt like I was riding my bicycle with arms wide open wearing a brightly pink flowy floral blouse, while singing “The hills are alive…” You know, like Julie Andrews did in The Sound of Music, which is one of my most favorite movie.
Today, I feel like the mountains around me are alive in my sight again. I can see them for what they truly are, all over again. Mountains designed and touched by God’s heavenly intelligence and love. In the process of my educational journey, I knew the mountains were there, but was too busy to visit them often. To share in their glory, to horseback ride through them, to enjoy the scent of the pine trees they so graciously allow to keep them company. I was just too caught up. Too focused. I was just too determined to finish. All I wanted was to see the end…
With Mother’s Day around the corner, and as I prepared for the end of writing to reach the goal, in the last month, I consistently created special baskets for my mom and sister. First their wooden baskets were painted with a beautiful shade of pink milk paint, then stuffed with wrapping tissue. Every few days a special little gift was placed into the baskets until they were both full. I did not have the time to produce unique cards, therefore; I made sure I picked out and purchased the beautiful ones I liked. Gifts were mailed last week, alongside the birthday cards for those celebrating in May.
This week my mailing effort is focused on thank you notes to everyone who has prayed for me, helped and guided me, made dinner for me, bought dinner for me…everyone, I can remember. There are so many people, and I intend to make the time to send out a thank you note to each person. This process may take a while, but I will be sure to complete it. Sending out thank you notes provide to me the same feelings as when I am creating a home-made gift for someone. Just like in the instances of the packages I mailed last week. It is such a joyful experience when I sincerely share my appreciation for family and friends. When I share in both of these ways. There is a saying that if one’s only prayer is Thank You to God, this is enough. Today, I take this saying a bit further in the notion and belief that in taking the time to say or write thank you to someone, God is thanked too.
The lovingkindness of others is led by our Heavenly Father. When I put my trust in him, I see the world as he intended it to be. I see his lovingkindness through those who care for me. I even see it in those who don’t know me…such as the woman who paid for my flowers and fresh veggies at the grocery store last week. Acknowledging the kindness of one person toward another touches the love of God and compliments him too.
So, in the next few weeks, I hope to have all these notes sent out. For those of you who read my blog, although I don’t know all of you personally, thank you for the encouraging notes and emails you’ve sent to me.
Thank you for blessing me so richly.
Heavenly Father “O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee;” Psalm 36: 10 – Amen
Happy Mother’s Day!