A few weeks ago, I spent the day with the youngest of our family. We were at my grandma’s house and she wanted to spend time out in grandma’s garden. She carefully stepped along each path, making her way around the garden and through the flowers. Just as happy as one can be. She spotted a frog tucked under a plant and pointed at it giggling, saying, “Oh, that frog is so happy”.
I couldn’t help but just smile to see how delighted she was with everything around her. Just simply enjoying life. Not a worry on her mind. That all sounds pretty good to me. I want some of that uncomplicated joy and peace. How do I find that and hold on to that?
By taking a cue from a three year old, that’s how.
Bless her heart, she is thinking and experiencing life with the heart of a child and not an adult. Instead of thinking it was too hot, and it was hot, to walk through the garden, she wanted to take a moment at each step along the path. Instead of thinking about what yet had to be done that day, she wanted to enjoy the flowers. Instead of thinking something “more important” could be done in this hour, she wanted to find the frogs.
This is the uncomplicated beauty of pure peace.
She is reminding me how beautiful simple is. To enjoy the little things. Dwell in the beauty of life’s moments He has given us.
She is reminding me to live in the now. Not to worry so much about what comes next, what needs to be done, what may or may not happen, what has already happened.
She is reminding me how wonderful it is to truly be at peace.
I don’t know why, but I have always been an over-thinker, a worrier. And I know I am not alone. Why do we worry when we know He has it? Why can’t we put all our trust in Him and let it go? I even made myself a reminder. Simply spelled it right out.
Pray big, worry small, trust God.
Don’t let all that busy stuff and all those worries take away your joy and your peace. We miss so much when we do that. We miss what is right in front of us. Life goes by so quick. Don’t miss it.
When we put our full faith and trust in Him, we can live without doubt and reservations. We can live in the moments. We can find joy in the simple things. We know deep in our hearts that He has a plan and He is all we need, so we can have peace because we know that truth. So many things just don’t matter. Don’t let those things steal your peace and steal your joy.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
Trust Him with it. Trust Him with all of the “it” you might have. Your worries and sorrows, your troubles and tears. It is not always easy to let things go, believe me, I get that. But that is exactly what He wants us to do.
Bring it to Him, then trust and let it go.
You think as adults that we are the ones teaching kids, but sometimes they are the ones to do the teaching.