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Shot Of The Day

Check

The dog touches my cheek with his wet nose every morning at about 6 a.m. to let me know it’s time. Time to start his day. It used to annoy me. As he’s gotten older and a bit slower and I’ve read books and watched movies like Marley and Me and Old Yeller, I know I’ll miss this when it’s gone. I look forward to it now. I miss it when he forgets or sleeps longer than me. Today, my cheek was wet at just the right time. My day started just this way today. In my heart, I felt the sound of a little check mark. Like everything is in order when these regular, unique-to-my-life, moments unfold. My son’s alarm clock has already gone off and been in snooze mode for 15 minutes. He sleeps deeper in that few minutes knowing that I will walk in and gently whisper “I love you Cam” to wake him from his slumber. He knows the routine. Like the wet nose of my dog, I believe that a little check mark goes off in his soul every time this simple ritual plays itself out in these regular, unique-to-his-life moments. His day started just this way today. Check. All seems in order. My husband has been in the office for an hour already getting ready for the second day of a three week trial. He still sings in the shower and kisses me before he leaves despite the crushing stress that a trial brings. I sneak out and fix his coffee while he’s in the shower. When he sees it, I believe that a little check mark goes off in his heart. He knows the routine. His day started just this way today. Check. All seems in order. I stop in my kitchen and pick up a glass marble and move it from a jar that started with 365 pieces on January 1st and move it to another container that is slowly filling up as the year unfolds. I pause and thank GOD for this day, for all HE has already planned and for the surprises in store. The sound of the glass bead falling to the bottom of the container leaves a little check mark on my soul. All seems in order. Check. For the first time in a few months, I sit down to write my Shot of the Day. It is something I’ve done for years and something that seems to put check marks all over my heart. Something that makes life feel in order to me. Something that my soul needs, like food or prayer or friendship or my sisters or my mom. I have missed this time. At the end of 2008, I worked so hard to get my book finished and published and out there, that I needed a break. But today, my soul needed to start again with pictures and stories and little connections between God’s amazing universe and one woman’s journey to to find out all she can about the Creator of all that is good, all that is sweet and all that is HIM. My day started just this way today. Check. All seems in order.

Posted: 25 February 2009