I try to be attentive to the everyday gifts in my life. I focus on being grateful for the moments I experience. But when a moment is part of normal routine, it can pass me by. It is often in hindsight that I realize how special that time really was.
Last night was one of those moments for me. It was a simple, uneventful evening. After work, I came home and started dinner. That is different because Wendy almost always has dinner ready when I get home. But she had plans so I came home and got started. I knew what we had in the house, so that helped me to consider what I could make. I don’t mind throwing things together and hoping they turn out okay. Kelli is home for a couple of days, so she came in the kitchen to help. She was going to make part of the meal she wanted and we would share the rest. Maia walked in as we were cooking, wanting to know what I was making for dinner. Luckily Maia is flexible and willing to eat most anything I prepare. I don’t make the “normal” southern dishes, so my meals tend to be out of the box for Eastern North Carolina. I told her what I was making and although she had not tried most of it before, she was willing (she was hungry so that helped).
The three of us sat down and enjoyed our meal together. It was normal and nothing out of the ordinary. But it was a joyful time for me. I didn’t really realize it in the moment, though. I was thinking about cooking and everyone eating. But in hindsight, it was one of the moments I will treasure. It reminded me of when Wendy was in school. She earned her BS degree in a one night a week program. That one night, the girls and I would go out to the local Chinese restaurant. They knew who we were and what we wanted. Now they are adults and here we are, gathered around our own table enjoying a meal once more. These are the gifts that last a lifetime.
God has given us treasured moments we may be taking for granted. Take some time today to consider the gifts that are around you – in the simple moments of the day. Give thanks for the incredible treasures right before you.
16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.
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