“Gratitude lifts our eyes off the things we lack so we might see the blessings we possess.” Max Lucado
A friend of mine lives in a large city on the West Coast. During the pandemic, she chose to not leave her apartment, but shelter in safety. She was able to work from home, order her groceries to be delivered. Being a graduate student, she is very thrifty with her budget, so during this time, she did go without some things she normally would buy.
When the stay-at-home orders lifted for her city, she was still cautious, and waited. Finally, she made a short trip to see what her new world looked like. She relies on city transport, and that was frightening; many strangers would be on the bus with her. My friend then had to walk a few blocks, and she passed people both wearing protective masks and others who didn’t. She was very anxious about this trip, but felt she needed to get out of her apartment. The bus wasn’t as crowded, she reported, on the way home.
On her trip, my friend could have chosen a myriad of places to visit around this large metropolis. Many of the restaurants, stores, markets had partially reopened. Her choices were really only limited to her purse. When she returned home, she showed her friends on social media the purpose of her trip: an ice coffee and a pizza.
It wasn’t just any ice coffee – it was made the way she wanted it, made at her favorite coffee shop. And the pizza wasn’t just any pizza – again, it was made to her tastes. Why didn’t she order these and have them delivered during those two month? Why did she wait almost two months to go out, and get something that most people could get at a drive-through?
Apparently she was happy with what she had. They were “the little things.” She reported they made her soul joyful! Today may our hearts be filled with such gratitude that we recognize the small things which build up the joy in our souls.