When the temperatures rise higher, making everything harder, and the pavement is hot on Maisie’s paws and the grass crunches under my feet from lack of rain;
When I go to bed with prayer concerns on my heart and wake to them the next morning;
When family and friends suffer and I can’t be there to do anything;
When life just feels grueling and impossible to figure out;
When trouble knocks on my own door and intrudes without a welcome;
When my questions mount up quicker than my answers;
Then I press in to look for simple graces.
Like a pink balloon on the neighbor’s mailbox announcing the birth of their baby girl.
Like the small wren with the big voice greeting me each morning on the deck.
Like fans blowing air across the bed at night.
Like the cooling shade offered by trees growing strong and full in the yard.
Like the evening shadows playing against furniture;
Like the aroma of a newly opened bag of coffee beans, a promise for the morning.
Like zinnias blooming by the walkway and a sudden appearance of pink ladies.
Like an hour spent with a friend in honest conversation.
Like brown-eyed susans and peppermint in a vintage canning jar.
Like the comfort of Scripture and the relief of laying my burdens on Jesus.
Life can be hard. But I know God has not forgotten us. He has His reasons. His throne room is filled with mercy and grace for times like these. He bids me come.
Tears run down my face and I run to Him.