It was SO good to get away from the city for a minute. I always enjoy spring break. It is a time for me to get some good and much needed rest and relaxation. No more Zoom, putting in grades, and staff meetings for a week; it’s a time for some good self-care and boy did I need it!
My spring break was very enjoyable. I went solo and spent most of my time on the beach. The weather was beautiful. The sun was shining every day that I was there in St. Simons Island, Georgia. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
As I was lying on the beach with my big blue and white beach towel, I looked out towards the water and noticed a father and his daughter. They were playing catch with a yellow ball. The daughter was probably around 10-12 years old. Her father would throw her the ball and she would catch it. They tossed the ball to each other, smiling, laughing and talking with one another. It was a beautiful thing to see and hear; laughter was in the air.
After they finished playing catch, they went to sit down on their beach towels for a minute. After sitting down for about five minutes, the father proceeded to get up and started walking. His daughter called out to him as she got up and began to follow him and say, “Hey daddy, where are you going?” He told her that he was going to the car to get a chair.
When they came back from getting the chair from the car, the girl said, “Come on daddy, let’s play frisbee.” Her father agreed to play with her. As they tossed the frisbee to each other, they seemed to be having so much fun. Watching them smile, laugh, and crack jokes just warmed my heart. Within a minute or two after they began to play, his other two children ran over to join in on the fun. It seemed like their laughter and joy was contagious! Now, I was watching all the children play frisbee with their father and it was a BEAUTIFUL THING to observe.
While I continued to watch them play frisbee, I started to think…I thought about the Christian life and how important it is for us to draw others to Christ. We have the joy of the LORD and that joy should be contagious. Our walk with Christ should be one that exudes a sense of joy to others; especially in this world of darkness.
Oh, clap your hands, all peoples; shout to God with the voice of joy. (Psalm 47:1)
Joy really is contagious. Let us spread joy to those who we encounter each day!