Today is perfect.
The Lord has blessed me in so many ways today. He provided cancelled classes ahead of time. He provided a dear friend to help me conquer a seemingly-beastly assignment in record time. He provided just enough time for me to go grab lunch with that dear friend, and then gave me nearly two hours of free time - nothing to do in Edmond while waiting for my time to go babysit this evening. TWO HOURS OF MANDATORY FREE TIME. What is that?!?
I decided to grab some coffee and head to a local park. This park is gorgeous, filled with tall trees that are just now making the transformation from full and green to Fall and golden. The wind is virtually non-existent (I hate the wind, so I take notice every time the air is silent). There is a slight chill in the air as I sit in the shade and the sun slowly makes its early descent. The people here are quietly busy enjoying this perfect day: joggers pass almost silently as I sit at the concrete picnic table; dog lovers walk their cooperative canines along the path; a mom laughs as a photographer takes pictures of her loving, giggling, posing children against the Fall foliage; small children squealing with joy as they chase each other through the crispy, crunching leaves.
Seriously, I am choking back tears. I have SO needed this - quiet, peaceful time to myself (and by myself) to just sit and enjoy the world around me. Nothing to do aside from make notes and to-do lists as I relish these beautiful moments.
My life is so hectic and crazy so much of the time that I rarely get to do things like this. I can't even enjoy the world around me from my front porch - my street almost constantly roars with the noise and commotion of the ever-flowing traffic. I have nothing but a few trees to enjoy in my parking lot/junkyard of a backyard.
But the Lord has blessed me with these quiet, happy moments today which I am selfishly gobbling up as much as I possibly can. For that, I am thankful.