Sunday, August 29, 2010

Joyful Delight

It's amazing how something so simple can turn a day around completely. I was out one day last week and went to a drive thru to get something to drink. I was waiting to place my order when I noticed a butterfly flitting about in front of my car. I watched as it flew around and went over by the other drive thru lane.

As it was dancing around, I noticed this woman in the other lane. She was looking like I felt - kind of blah and not really feeling much of anything - just kind of existing in the moment. Then, she noticed the butterfly. It's hard to describe the expression on her face with any other word than delight.

It was like watching a child experience something wonderful for the first time - like a butterfly. Her eyes lit up. Her entire face changed. And she was grinning from ear to ear (though it's hard to see in this picture).

In that moment, I could sense God's delight for her. I don't know what her day was like. Maybe she was having a great day, maybe she just lost a friend. Who knows? But I do know this - despite her circumstances, God delighted in her as she delighted in His creation.

Can you image God's delight if she had jumped out of her car and started dancing with that butterfly (which you can't see in this picture - in case you've been searching for it)? Imagine His delight when we worship Him fully, with everything, like that butterfly. To dance around, delighted to be who we were created to be, without hesitation or fear.

God delights in us as we delight in Him. I'm not sure I understood what that meant until I saw a woman notice a butterfly.
Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song.
Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful.
Praise his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp.
For the Lord delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.
Psalm 149:1-4 NLT

1 comment:

  1. funny how those little things can bring us back to what is important...

    it's a nice hammer to the head when i'm driving to/from work and letting the day get me down... then i see the painting God has made for me in the clouds or get to watch some turkeys/deer do their thing...

    it reminds me that He is in control and i have respond with nothing more then worship... He is good