By Don Lindsey
For the better part of a month, I’ve been fighting a nasty sinus and ear infection. Outside of a couple appointments and picking up the kids from school, I really haven’t left the house much, so when I had some energy today and the chance came up to run some errands with Tammy, I jumped on it.
And riding around, getting lunch, and going shopping turned out to be great medicine.
They say that fresh air and sunshine is good for the soul and I found that to be true. It’s always nice to be out with Tammy no matter what we’re doing or where we’re going. Having that alone time to chat or just being in the same space together is precious so anytime we can get those moments, they are valuable.
We also had what Tammy refers to as “puppy therapy”. That’s when she walks into the pet store near where she works and spends time loving on the puppies for sale. I never understood how that would be a good thing because I would want to walk out of the store with all of the dogs, but for some reason, I decided to take her up on the offer to go and I met a beautiful little three-week-old chihuahua that cuddled with me until it fell asleep in my hand. While part of me wanted to buy that puppy and run out of the store with it, the last thing we need is another animal and Leia, my chihuahua, would never forgive me. Still though, being in the store watching the dogs play and petting them turned out to be an awesome experience that only made a good day better.
As the day wore on, I started feeling a little rough again. I’m still running a fever every now and then, but my overall mood is certainly better than it was before we did our running around today. Honestly, I think it is due to being out and enjoying my little corner of the world. Sometimes, we see God’s majesty in scenery such as sunsets but for me, I saw it in my wife’s laughter, the conversations we had, the little dog that fell asleep in my hand and in the happiness that I felt experiencing it all.
What I’ve taken away from it is a reminder of what I’ve always known, God’s love and beauty is everywhere and even on days when we’re not feeling well whether it be mentally or physically, being out to experience His wondrous works acts as a sparkplug for the soul. I admit that I need to keep this in mind when I’m feeling down and out and this day will act as a wonderful reminder of that.
God bless and have a great week.
Don Lindsey is a follower of Christ, son, husband, father, and a survivor. Originally from Dayton Ohio, and resident of Apopka for six years, Don sees his life as a dedication to his wife, parents, children, and community.