THE COLORS OF JOY AND HAPPINESS

Today is Sunday, May 19th. The weather cooperated with a bright blue sky, white puffy clouds, and a yellow sun that warmed everything it touched; including me. As I stepped outside, the beautiful colors of pink Azealas, purple Rhododendrons, almost full bloom white Peonies, and deep blue and gold Irises filled my vision with a possible peek of what might be lining the fields and gardens in heaven.

Traveling to church is always a pleasure, but today was extra special. The huge old oak trees laden with thick dark green leaves framing businesses and homes along my route captured my attention. The old saying: ” You can’t see the forest for the trees” hit home. It’s true! I have witnessed those same trees every spring, and yet today, each one took on a new meaning for me.

Once at church, I took my place at the narthex and waited for each person to open the door and walk toward me. I was ready.  As I waited, I admired the deep brown pews sitting quietly, anxious for mothers, fathers, children, grandparents, aunts, and uncles to take a seat. Then my eyes followed the red carpet up to the black baby grand piano where beautiful music would accompany each member worshiping the Man who created us.  Finally, my eyes traveled to the gold cross hanging on the wall behind the altar. And I silently say, Thank you. 

Sitting outside on a tan wooden rocking chair, I spot birds of all kinds; cardinals, finches, wrens, crows, and even two bluebirds flying together in harmony. Then, Jimmy, a gray squirrel sitting on top of a round light brown ball of wood, waiting patiently for a peanut, put it all in perspective.

From the time I stepped outside and all throughout my day, what my eyes saw; what my ears heard; and what my heart, felt was orchestrated by God.  He created everything!  The colors of joy and happiness are everywhere if we just take the time to look.  I choose to believe that in the beginning, the Master Creator sat at His drawing table picturing in His Mind what would bring joy and happiness to His children. Suddenly; red, blue, green, yellow, brown, purple, black and orange came to His mind, then the flowers, trees, leaves, grass, every animal on earth, the oceans, mountains, valleys, and sea life. Of course, we can’t forget the stars, sun, moon, and clouds, along with rain, and snow.

Although we go through illnesses, sadness, the loss of a loved one and heartbreak, the joy of His creation is always there.  His love for us is neverending.  Keep looking for what brings you joy and, I promise that happiness will follow.