Sleep visited late and I was looking forward to missing the first morning’s chorus outside my window. My son had other plans as he woke with the robins and practiced his whisper excitedly in my ear. “Tickle, tickle, tickle!”
This was my moment. Sure it came by surprise. No, it didn’t tickle. Yes, it wasn’t what I had planned. And still it was here. Staring me in my sleep-starched face. This was my moment to choose. Will my actions play harmony to the tune set before me? The melody master-crafted by my Heavenly Father, or will it ring flat? Will I drown out the tune with my sharp overtones?
I blink hard, repeatedly, trying to force function. Finally I’m able to focus on my firstborn’s face. His big blue eyes dance with joy as he tries to send me into giggles. I scoop him up and pull him in close, hoping for a few extra moments to decide what key I will sing in today.
His freshly cut hair brushes my nose softly, making me want to wriggle free, and I can’t help but oblige. “You got me, bud. That did tickle!” My fingers instinctively return the favor.
And the birds join along in the chorus. Sweet harmony abounds.
Then there was today.
The stage mirrored the one before. The cast encored. And yet I sang flat. Out of key, off rhythm. I found myself in desperate need of take two. Please tell me that’s happened to you, too.
Immediately, I realized the cause. Why I opted for the off-tune, easier melody. I had neglected my thanks yesterday as I was too wrapped up with what I have quickly forgotten.
But thanks to the promise of new mercies, I can still claim today. Today, after pleading with the cast for forgiveness, I chose the melody of joy. Tomorrow, I think I’ll choose the harmony of praise. And will save the sonnet of delight for the encore. For this is my life song. And I get to choose how it will sound.
Counting my thanks this Thanksliving Thursday:
- Persian cucumbers
- Angora socks
- Clear blue skies
- He’s alive!
- Sleep-filled nights
- Migraine dissipating
- Vehicles can be repaired
- The lessons in Jonah (it will have to be another post)
- Successful surgeries
- The power of prayer
- I don’t have to know all the details. Just need to know the One who does.
How about you? What song are you singing today? What are you thankful for? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.
Linking up with Allume as my favorite post for the month.