Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Day 10 - She laughed

It's day 10, and I realize that I'm a blog slacker. I'll work on it. Now on to my post . . .

She turned three last week. The little girl with a voice too big for her body. Full of energy. Curious. Driving her distracted mother batty. Some may say she is out of control. Lacks discipline. She was naughty. Did everything her mother told her not to.

Her mother felt the need to apologize. Explain. Wednesday was her birthday. "Tell the lady why you're sad," her mother told her. But the little girl didn't listen. Nor did she act sad.

On her third birthday, the little girls daddy died. So young is this little one, she really doesn't know what it all means. How is a three-year-old supposed to act when her daddy dies? I am sure it will take time, even years, for this girl to comprehend the death of her father and the impact it has and will have on her life.

I was thinking about this little one today as I read Oswald Chambers' My Utmost for His Highest, a gift from someone else who has since passed. I went back and read March 7, because, as with my blog, I am not diligent it reading this book, but the title was The Source of Abundant Joy. Fitting for this challenge. In this daily devotion, Chambers references 2 Corinthians 7:4, when Paul said, "I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation." Chambers says that saints find joy because of tribulation, not in spite of it.

It got me thinking, am I joyful in trials? I was trying to remember a time when I'd been able to find joy because of adversity, and that's when I thought of the three-year-old girl. Now, I realize that she doesn't comprehend the trouble that has descended on her life. But she is joyful. I hope that her distraught mama will find joy from her daughter in the difficult circumstances she is facing. And I am reminded to be constantly aware to find joy in everything.

One thing that has given me great joy today happened after I put the book down. I looked over at the African violet plant in my window and I noticed a new shoot. And I laughed. Now mind you this thing hasn't bloomed in well over a year. Leaves keep coming, but no blooms. And today I saw the start of a bud. I can't wait until it blooms. The sky was trying to spit snow on me this afternoon, but my African violet is finally going to bloom! I am happy.

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