Sunday, April 15, 2012

Christmas Trees

Who thinks about Christmas trees in April? We do. It's planting time. And that's just what Tom is doing. Planting perfectly straight rows of little evergreen twigs. At least that's what they look like now, but in 7 to 10 years they'll be full grown trees ready to be cut down, dragged home, adorned with lights to grace someone's home in December of, let's say, 2020!?! Wow. Time flies.

Whoa, this is now... and I ought not be rushing the seasons, let alone the years. I think the Gaither's sang, We have this moment to hold in our hands... It was one of those sad songs that can make you happy. And the happiest people I know enjoy the moments, live in the present, and count each day a gift. Sometimes I do too, but I'm one who needs frequent reminders to enjoy, appreciate, and celebrate the gift of life. I would do well to write Philippians 4:4 on the palm of my hand, Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice! Short of that, I could perhaps keep Bobby McFerrin's song Don't Worry, Be Happy looping on my CD player. In fact, I wonder if I could have that set to play as a morning wake up call.

Ah the gimmicks, but really, that's some advice I would do well to heed, don't worry, be happy!  Habakkuk 3:18 says, ...yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

Now there's something to rest in, relax, happy about. Yes, I do believe I'd like to join Habakkuk in his praise.


Sarah Rose said...

Betsy, Thank you for the Habakkuk 3:18. I was struggling with being joyful this morning, especially since I'm heading out the door to walk to the post office to pick up a certified letter about taxes...But, the fact of the matter is that God wants us to REJOICE. That rejoice comes after a, even though I may have a hard road to face many ways, I need to praise the God of the universe! I need to choose joy! Thanks for sharing!

Betsy Henning said...

Did I read on facebook that the letter wasn't as bad and scary as you feared? And there you were rejoicing in advance...all praised up so to speak. Way to go! (I think I'll take a clue from you and choose joy even if it's late in the day.)