So I received one of those ever so cute e-mails about a kiddie wanting a new puppy. You probably have read it or at least something similar via email recently. Lots of cute and warm fuzzy pictures of children cuddling small puppies were included too.
It’s not the kind of thing I would usually pass along, not wanting to clutter up my friends in-boxes with warm fuzzies etc! Well I want to keep my friends, and just know they get fed up like I do with nonsense emails.
However I persisted in reading the story, got past the relatively nonsensical fuzziness of the kiddy rejecting heaps of puppies, before she found just the PERFECT ONE FOR HER, and took a good long hard look at the punch line.
SIGHS do matter……..
The story tells us: It was the last cage on this last day in search of the perfect pup. The volunteer opened the cage door and the child carefully picked up the dog and held it closely. This time she took a little longer.
‘Mom, that’s it! I found the right puppy! He’s the one! I know it!’ She screamed with joy. ‘It’s the puppy size!’
‘But it’s the same size as all the other puppies you held over the last few weeks,’ Mom said.
‘No not size… The sighs. When I held him in my arms, he sighed’, she said. ‘Don’t you remember? When I asked you one day what love is, you told me love depends on the “sighs of your heart”. The more you love, the bigger the sigh!’
The two women looked at each other for a moment. Mom didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. As she stooped down to hug the child, she did a little of both.
‘Mom, every time you hold me, I sigh. When you and Daddy come home from work and hug each other, you both sigh. I knew I would find the right puppy if it sighed when I held it in my arms,’ she said. Then, holding the puppy up close to her face, she said, ‘Mom, he loves me. I heard the sighs of his heart!’
Awwwwwww ain’t that just so cute? But wait there is more.
Close your eyes for a moment and think about the love that makes you sigh. I not only find it in the arms of my loved ones, but in the caress of a sunset, the kiss of the moonlight and the gentle brush of cool air on a hot day.
They are the sighs of God. Take the time to stop and listen; you will be surprised at what you hear. ‘Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.’