So one evening after a long day of discussing hard things over the phone and through messaging, Aub, away at college, sent me this message, referring to some specialty lemonade I’d picked up on sale recently and sent up for her to try:
That made me smile. Yes. Lemonade. Sweet and sour. A perfect balance between the two. And one of her favorites.
And then this exchange followed–
Wow. That is truth. Sometimes the simple things, the little things, even those we might call petty can be beautiful. In the moments they give us to breathe. To step away from the hard things we face every day. To simply, if only for a minute, be.
Lighter notes. Filled with grace. A sweet, sweet melody.
As we were closing our conversation, I thanked Aub for that thought, because I felt pretty sure that the next day and all it entailed would “stink.” And then I followed with, “Sorry, God.”
I mean, if each day is a gift from the Creator, I’m sure the last thing the One who is giving wants to hear from the one who is receiving is, “I’m sure this is going to stink.”
And then my girl gave me even more grace.
“The Holy Spirit is present even in the little stuff and the stinky stuff so I’m sure God forgives you.”
When did this little one whom I brought into the world almost twenty years ago become so wise? How did THAT even happen?
Tonight I’m thankful for those words that I so needed to hear that came from the mouth of one I love so much. I’m thankful that things like lemonade can bring joy and light in the midst of turmoil and change and hard stuff. It makes me happy that I can go from discussing real and serious things to sharing happy thoughts with this one who makes my heart glad.
May you all have someone to share “lighter notes” with and to remind you of the beauty in the pettiness and that God is always there, even in the hard stuff. That’s so easy to forget, y’all.
Love and light to all.