This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24
I like to think I am the sort of person who makes lemonade out of the lemons life sends my way (from time to time anyway). I like to think I enjoy a good adventure (as long as I can take my knitting with me). I flatter myself by thinking I enjoy exploring and seeing life from a different perspective.
I think I do this successfully sometimes – but I know my sons are experts at it! Jack and Will are highly skilled at seeing the world in new and different ways. They are gifted at exploring and adventure!
Sunday evening is a perfect example. Jason asked Jack and Will to finish cleaning the thick layer of ice off of their beloved trampoline in our backyard. So the McFarland sons bundled up and headed outside. And – because I am me (nosy) – AND I had some incredibly essential tasks to accomplish in the kitchen I watched them through our kitchen window. I knew they were going to be far more entertaining than my book (and it is a good read).
They climbed and explored. Will went whooshing down his ice-covered slide at a super sonic speed.
They looked under things and together they discovered that the underside of the table on our patio is covered in 100’s (perhaps 1000’s) of icicles. And it is so beautiful and amazing under there! Seriously – delightfully beautiful. I missed that when I was exploring. See – I told you that they were better at exploring than I am!
The McFarland sons threw chunks of ice for the pure joy of watching them fly through the evening air and then listening to them crash onto the frozen ground. When did I get so boring and grown-up that I stopped throwing chunks of ice just because it is fun?
Of course – they threw stuff at each other! Jack and Will are brothers after all. And I felt compelled to share the reminder that throwing chunks of ice at one’s brother could result in the need for a trip to the ER and stitches. (I am a mom – after all.) Yes – our sons delight and amaze me – but a trip to the ER would have been neither delightful nor amazing.
They wrestled and they laughed. They put ice down eat others’ backs (oh the horror)!
They even cleaned off their trampoline!
What I witnessed was a delight to my heart and soul. My sons reminded me over and over again that life isn’t just good – life is awesome and amazing and beautiful and fun and funny and hilarious and sweet. Will and Jack explored and adventured and laughed and reveled in being alive and they did it all in their own backyard in a mere 45 minutes!
This sort of joy and fun isn’t just for our children. Enjoying life isn’t just for kids. Even grown-ups can have fun and laugh and explore.
When was the last time you played? When was the last time you threw a snowball or made a snow angel? When was the last time you tossed a stick or a rock into a river? When was the last time you did something just for the fun of it? When was the last time you explored or went for an adventure? When was the last time you took a moment just to be glad you are alive? Really – honestly – when was the last time?
This earthly life is a gift and a blessing to us from our Lord. It is a treasure to be delighted in and enjoyed. (And yes – I know it is hard being alive too. I live in the real world right along with you. I understand the gravity of being a very human human in this world – but there is joy and beauty and fun here too.)
I encourage you to make time today to play. Do something just because it is fun. Do something for no other reason than it is fun. Celebrate and give thanks for the gift and the blessing of this precious earthly life!
You are all in my heart, thoughts, and prayers.
In Christ and with Love –
PS – Thank you to Jack McFarland for taking these pictures for us.