Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Look Up To The Sky May 29, 2014

It was a beautiful day around here. The perfect 70 degree sunny day without a cloud in the sky. I spent some time in my backyard paradise this afternoon soaking up the sun and thinking. This, I was reminded today, is one of my very most favorite ways to spend an afternoon. Especially when mom and baby Carter are around to keep me company. So there I was, finding myself drifting into a deep and happy sleep. It was one of those moments in life where you feel nothing but joy.

Treasure HuntingThen it happened. My dream became a nightmare as I saw my worst fears realized. The man with the leather belt somehow found me. Jo was not with him, which was somehow bothersome and happy at the same time. (I know in my heart she is happy and fulfilled and away from him somewhere). He found me, though. And dear baby Carter. It was just the two of us (for some crazy reason) and we were happy as could be until he came along. Fortunately mom woke me up (as she has a habit of doing when I’m barking or whining in my sleep) and I didn’t need to witness what happened next.

It made me afraid to nap the rest of the day, that’s for sure. But as time went on, so did life. From the ground up, I found joy in everything around me this afternoon. It was nothing out of the ordinary around here – Carter is still deeply attached to his eat, wake, sleep routines. That all happened as usual. And as it did I found myself finding peace in these moments. Finding joy in these moments. Embracing life in these moments.

As this happened I knew why I had that terrible nightmare. It was a beautiful day around here. It was one of those days that makes you thankful to be alive in the first place. But I’ve said before I think God throws us on our backs sometimes to force us to look up. Well, today I looked up at the beautiful sky and was reminded yet again of that poem “Footprints in the Sand.” In my case it’s paw prints, but that’s no matter. The message is the same. Sometimes we don’t know we are being carried through something until it’s already happened. Sometimes it’s not until we look back that we see how far we’ve come.






5 Responses to “Look Up To The Sky”

  1. Lyn Says:

    I think you’re right about God sometimes putting us on our back — rather like a sheep actually, because when a sheep is on its back it’s stuck, and only the Shepherd can get it up again. “Footprints in the Sand” is a beautiful poem, I love it.

  2. Thank goodness your mom woke you up. Scary dreams are the worst, especially when they used to be reality. Yikes! I think you’re right about God throwing us on our backs to remind us to look up. Some people forget to look to him sometimes.

    Love and licks,

    • This is true. It brings to mind another thing that silly Man upstairs does with prayers, actually. He always hears them, but the answer isn’t always the one we think it should be. Such is life. 🙂
      Lots of love,

  3. utesmile Says:

    Only afterwards you realise that you have been carried through a hard patch. The good hting is you know it is all in the past and it won’t happen again as you are surounded with love!

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