It is supposed to be 80 degrees here today. It's definitely tank top weather! I just ate my lunch out on the patio. Wonderful!
One year ago today my dog Hershey died. I've been very sad in recent weeks, but I haven't been too sad today. It might be because the weather is so different than last year. It was rainy and gray the day she died. It was the kind of day that reminds me of the sadness of life. However, today's sunshine reminds me of heaven and the joys of life. Last year, my friend Susan told me that once I was done being sad, I would only have happy memories. I have thought about that maybe fifty times in the past year. It is true. I am very, very thankful for the years I had with her.
Hershey was one of my greatest spiritual teachers. She LOVED to just be in my presence. She would lay at my feet in our "one butt kitchen" (it's small) as I cooked dinner. She would follow me around the house from room to room and just be with me. As I fixed my hair or typed on the computer, she would curiously watch my face. Pleasing me was seemingly her greatest joy. She lived to be with me. Many, many times I was challenged by her example of simple obedience. God desires that I would be the same way with Him. How I need to order my day so that I am looking to Him and just enjoying being with Him. The sunshine today is a brilliant reminder of His presence in this life.