Joy is choosing to see the beauty and blessings no matter what comes our way in life. It doesn’t disappear because of the circumstances. Happiness is circumstantial, but joy builds in your life over time.
- Ed Young
You, Lord God, have done many wonderful things, and you have planned marvelous things for us. No one is like you! I would never be able to tell all you have done. (Psalm 40:5)
When my oldest daughter, Abby, and I were on our powerwalk last week, we encountered one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen: a newborn deer. He was precious–no bigger than a medium-size dog, very wobbly and adorable.
It was quite an unexpected wildlife encounter, and it totally made our evening. It also reminded me of another such animal encounter that happened to me when I worked for a worldwide Christian magazine in Fort Worth, Texas.
As I hurried into the office that morning, I was totally focused on the meeting scheduled for a few minutes later. I was going over notes in my mind when all of a sudden, I looked up to see the most beautiful sight: Next to the front door of our office building stood a brilliant blue peacock. He was grooming himself in the sun, each ray of light bouncing off his fabulous feathers and making him even more breathtaking. I literally stopped in my high-heeled tracks. For a moment, I experienced total joy. I just couldn’t believe my eyes!
No, I hadn’t been sniffing my pink highlighter. There really was a peacock outside my office building! I found out later that he belonged to a nearby rancher and liked to roam; on this particular day, he had roamed right into my life. I saw him in all his glory. He showed off, fanning his lovely tail feathers for me. I stopped and appreciated his beauty, and I thanked God for reminding me that he is in the midst of my day, showing me love and favor, even when I am caught up in the busyness of life.
The day had started like any other, but right in the middle of the mundane, God had dropped a peacock of happiness into my morning. As I later thought about my surprise encounter, I realized that God is dropping “peacocks of happiness” into our mundane lives all the time, but we’re simply too busy or our hearts are too hardened to notice.
Now, an actual fantastic feathered friend may never show up outside your home or office, but be on the lookout for God’s good work and loving kindness toward you every single day. Be mindful of him all day long and drink in those moments of pure joy. Maybe your peacock of happiness will come in the form of your child’s laughter. Or maybe you’ll experience your peacock of happiness as you inhale the lovely fragrance of a honeysuckle bush. Or maybe you’ll see a darling newborn deer on your next walk.
However it comes to you, take time to enjoy it and praise the Lord for blessing you with it. God loves to surprise us with blessings–especially when we appreciate the “peacocks” he sends into our lives.
Father, help me recognize the "peacocks of happiness" you send into my life. And help me to be mindful of you and your goodness toward me every single minute of every day. I love you. In Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.
Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, with more than 60 books and 1,000 articles for newspapers and magazines to her name. She was won several SELAH Awards (best children’s book and book of the year for God Knows You in 2014 and best children’s book for My Big Book of Prayers in 2012), and her book Divine Stories of the Yahweh Sisterhood was named a Family Christian Bookstores Premiere Pick in 2006. When not working on her own assignments, Michelle ghostwrites books for celebrities and some of today’s most effective and popular ministers.
Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff. They have two college-aged daughters, Abby and Allyson, as well as a small petting zoo. When not writing or teaching writing, Michelle enjoys cheering on the Indiana University Men’s Basketball team, the Chicago Cubbies and the LA Kings. Find out more about Michelle at her website.