I haven’t posted here on my blog since November. Some of you may have noticed. But I’ve been really busy. I’m the coordinator for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest, which is a huge undertaking.
Plus it’s been winter. If you’ve read my blog for long, you know I’m not a huge fan of winter. The short days. The darkness. The cold. I don’t like any of it. If I could hibernate like a bear, I certainly would.
Life is hard much of the time. Yet there is truly joy to be found. Amidst the dark and gloomy days a little sunshine often appears to brighten our days.
Last Friday was such a day and I captured the perfect picture (actually video) of perseverance. I took my little dog Roman for a walk in the afternoon. Two days earlier he had to spend an hour at the vet having samples scraped from his poor toes to find out what kind of bacteria are infecting his feet. This trial is just one in a long line of trials for a dog that has lived over 17 years on this earth. He’s been run over by a car, had a toe removed because of cancer, and had an eye removed because of glaucoma. But in spite of arthritic joints, infected toes, cataracts, and chronic allergies, he truly has joy.
I’ve probably watched this video a dozen times or more. It is a perfect picture of perseverance, and even joyfulness, in spite of difficulties.