I love that feeling of all is well with the world. Do you know what I’m talking about? I got up around 7am to write, hoping to get my thoughts out on paper but nothing.
So I came out to the quietness and stillness of the house and to my surprise it was raining.
I love the rain.
I love it because like today it often surprises me; I had no idea it was supposed to rain. I opened the door to feel the cold air and wetness of the day and immediately my lungs breathed in deeply as if to say – yes! Amazing.
As my heart started to fill with the joy of this morning glory, I began to say sweet nothing’s to Daisy the Dog who was still in her house. She began to wag her tail with that out of control I love you kind of wag as I oohed and ahhd talking to her in silly dog-talk.
You know what I’m talking about?
I let her out of the house, took her outside (she wasn’t too sure about the rain), and after she was done, we did our silly wipe-your-feet dance we always do when it’s wet outside. She was a happy girl.
I went into the kitchen, made my coffee, what a beautiful ritual that is, and quickly, my heart began to feel warmer as Daisy the Dog curled her wet head around my legs.
As the coffee was brewing (talk about a morning glory), I went to see David our son in his room who’s 11 going on 15 (he’s almost to that stage where things are beginning to move quickly) and began to rub his hair. He grabbed my arm and we arm hugged through the rails of his warm, cuddly, cool-man bunk bead.
That boy, what a charmed life he lives.
I came back outside, thought of my wife still resting in bed after a long week of teaching, commuting and carrying a heavy burden and I could feel my heart get more and more filled with love.
I can’t wait to see her.
Then, I’m not sure why but it must be the rain, I felt like reading a great book and immediately thought of N. T. Wright and Bonhoeffner. I ordered a few of their books online (used of course) and began to dream about turning the pages of these men’s writings and filling my mind with strength, God, theology and depth.
I feel hungry for God.
Now I’m here writing again. My cup of coffee looks like it’s ready for a mandatory second filling of hot gladness and I’m filling complete.
Soon everyone will be up.
My heart is warm, my feet are tingly, all is well with the world and it reminded me of what David the Psalmist so beautifully said in what we call Psalm 23:
“thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”
May God fill your life today with moments of fullness, goodness and His oil of gladness. He is surely good, He is surely beautiful. Sometimes we just have to slow down enough to let the rain touch our soul.
I’m here for you, loving you, cheering you on.
Your #GOZO! friend,