A merry heart has a continual feast. —Proverbs 15:15
When was the last time you went on a picnic? Last week? Last year? Perhaps it’s been so long you can’t remember. Well, don’t put it off a moment longer. Pick up a few goodies, pull out a basket, and get ready for some fun. If the weather isn’t agreeable, spread a cloth on the family room floor and see life and lunch from a new view.
I suggest attending your picnic via bicycle. By the time you arrive, the aromas emitting from your lunch will stimulate your saliva glands. You could motor to a mountaintop, but I suggest a fertile valley, even if it’s your backyard vegetable garden. What could compare to a vine-ripened tomato or a freshly pulled carrot? Give it a healthy squirt under a hose, and you’re good to go. A picnic menu doesn’t have to be complicated.
In fact, part of the joy of picnicking is imbibing in the simple pleasures of life: slurping chilled watermelon while being serenaded by the brown thrasher on yonder limb. Just make sure you’re not sitting under the feathered songster, lest some of the notes he hits cause an unseemly splash.
You might want to bring a friend, a journal, and a New Testament. Jot down inspirations and ponder valley life and the Shepherd who walks with us there. A meaningful conversation makes a meal a memory.
We may live in the valley, but we can find myriad ways to make mealtime divine. Bon appetit!
One of the original Women of Faith speakers, Patsy Clairmont is a gifted communicator and best-selling author. The best way to appreciate a “Patsy story” is to hear her tell it in person, which she’ll do at many From Survival to Revival events this fall. Find one near you.
From Daily Gifts of Grace © 2012 (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission. All rights reserved.