"A joyful heart makes a cheerful face."
I found this verse on a bookmark this morning. On a whim, I grabbed a book off the shelf and it was inside. Funny because in my meditation I chose to focus on joy. What I'm learning is that joy is a choice. I get to choose how I am going to spend my day. Even when things don't go my way, there are always reasons to be joyful if I stop long enough to appreciate who I am in Christ.
One of my favorite verses from A Course in Miracles goes like this. "In you is all of Heaven. Every leaf that falls is given life in you. Each bird that ever sang will sing again in you. And every flower that ever bloomed has saved its perfume and loveliness for you."
Nature is so wonderful. Much to my surprise, around 9:00 a.m. as I looked up from eating my breakfast, there she was. The same beautiful deer. Under the apple tree, in broad daylight, closer than ever before. What joy I felt watching her freely enjoy the apples as I ate my cantaloupe. I thought about getting a picture for the blog, but opted instead to appreciate the moment of communion in stillness. Her appearance came out of the blue. Many times I have looked for her, but she doesn't come. It's in those moments that I let it go, suddenly she is there. Life is like that...the harder I look or try to make something happen, the scarcer it becomes.
The deer is symbolic of gently being guided on a new adventure. Like her visitations, we are coming out of the darkness and into the light of a new day.