This past Saturday was such a much needed and peaceful day. Spring seemed to have finally sprung as we welcomed the beautiful morning. Last week, Jason said he had a surprise for our Saturday morning if we could avoid the temptation of sleeping in on a free day. Too excited to even think of sleeping in, we both were awake and ready to leave Saturday morning. Usually we like to eat breakfast and have morning coffee in the morning light, but today was different. We just got ourselves ready and hopped in the car. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful morning. It was cloudy and the sun was just peeping through enough to add a nice warm feeling in the air. After about an hour, we arrived at the surprise location he had been wanting to visit. The tires crunched the gravel as we pulled into the parking lot of a little coffee shop and country store. As we walked in I could smell the aroma of fresh brewed coffee and crescent rolls. The room made me step back in time many years. There were no loud noises and each wall had photographs of families in the community that told a story. There were pieces of history used as decor along the walls (old lanterns, tools, baby dresses, old game pieces and more). While waiting for our food to be prepared, we sat at a wooden table and took a few moments to just look around and breathe easy. What caught our eye more than anything were three older gentlemen sitting at a table. Each one had a cup of coffee and was in deep conversation. You could tell they were hard working men and old friends by how they laughed and joked around and by the dirt and scuffs on each of their boots. The simplicity and appreciation of the time being shared with each other is something that is so rare in a world today full of rushing and distractions. This here before us was real “FaceTime”. These men didn’t have a cell phone in their hands nor were they staring mindlessly at a television. They were taking their time on a quiet morning to enjoy past experiences together and fellowship while enjoying a nicely brewed cup of coffee.
That afternoon we returned home and we spent the rest of the day outside enjoying the nice weather. It was almost evening and you could hear the birds singing and the crickets were even starting to chime in as well. I took a moment to just pause and take in the life all around me. This is the 1st year our dog Maverick has really experienced Spring-time with all the new smells and butterflies fluttering in the air. I watched him wander around the yard exploring as he sniffed, rolled around and dug when he was curious. Jason was giving the lawnmower its tune-up for the Spring and Summer grass that would be growing soon. With life so quickly moving and with all the distractions that goes on in our day-to-day, this was the perfect time to just look around and thank God for His blessings all around that we often take for granted. It becomes an easy habit to only talk to God when we need him out of desperation and concern for others or ourselves. I read in a book the other day about how daily we need to wash our hands and purify our hearts to draw nearer to God and not the World. I truly believe having more moments like today filled with meditating in prayer and reflecting on what all God has done is what we need to keep ourselves from building up a wall in between ourselves, others and God. We need to come to Him quietly and humbly… not thinking we have all the answers. In a world where we have made life full of distractions and wanting things done “our” way, too many times we forget to take the time to communicate with and truly listen to others and especially the God that we serve. Saturday was the perfect reminder to me to just make time with those you love and shut off all the distractions. Turn off the television… turn off the phones… turn off the electronic “whatever” … Make the time to have some coffee with the ones you love and have a real conversation. Do more than just passively hear them… When you take the time to truly listen, you never know what lessons or stories will be brewing by the time you’re done.