Have you ever stopped to appreciate the small things in life?
When we lived in Texas for a few years, I always had to wear shoes/sandals in the yard. Why? Well, for one thing, TX grass is so tough it will slice and dice the bottom of your feet like a set of ginsu knives (ok maybe a slight exaggeration there, but not much!) and the other thing are those lovely little creatures called fire ants. No matter how much toxic mayhem you try to wreak in your back yard, the little critters just seem to manage to persevere (James would love them!) and set up camp, always it seems, in the path you take to get from point A to point B.
I was in my garden yesterday weeding and fussing over my baby tomatoes. It was so hot I didn't bother putting any shoes on, just walked out barefoot. As I walked back to the house, I felt the grass underneath my feet. It was soft, cool, soothing, in stark contrast to the humid mugginess so familiar to a MD summer and the heat of the sun on my bare arms. I stopped to wiggle my toes and allowed my feet to wallow in the sensations. I felt the cool grass tickle between my toes, yielding, yet not crushed, springing back as I passed.
I've been thinking about this one little thing since yesterday, and as I was talking to God, I thanked Him for all the small things He does that we often forget. Like grass beneath our feet that feels like a soft pillow. When I get to heaven, I'll be sure to ask him about razor grass and fire ants (Lord, were they *really* necessary in the grand scheme of things? :-D), but right now, I'm going to be enjoying the smaller things in life.
Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. ----- Genesis 1:11-12