Taking out the TRASH

I was walking around my apt complex to walk off some extra weight, stress from work and grief therapy for me since Pat died. Being single again was not on my day-timer. Our apartments have a special perk benefit. They pick up our trash curbside Mon-Wed-Fridays.

Each morning when I walked I was able to SEE the trash laying out for pick-up. Some things were not even in bags, as the complex requires. Some bags the birds were picking at. The smell of some…well you can imagine. I began to appreciate this benefit and the one WHO picks it up for us and takes it to the dumpster to save us the walk. I had wondered if anyone ever said THANK YOU. I had this PUSH in me to bring my permanent Sharpie Marker to write on the bags and boxes left out…THANK YOU with smiley faces. I walked for 2 weeks more without doing that, because I thought how silly if the neighbors saw me writing on trash.

Well, one Friday I started my walk and got about 1/2 block away and saw some trash that really I wouldn’t even pick up if that was my job. That was really raising a question in my mind and the faithfulness it showed by this young man dedicated to his job. I went back home to get the marker and said, How silly for me to worry if someone should ask …I am only writing THANK YOU on their trash. Well, I giggled and had fun and was so blessed to Thank Someone. I then realized how committed and doing the job that so many of us forgot could be offensive and reek making it harder for Francisco.

I went home after writing on all the trash bags and boxes left outside that day and wrote a Note on Paper and taped it to mine. Thank YOU for keeping us cleaned up all week!! I wish I was bird that day to SEE his face and wondered did he notice, (who can miss a smiley face) and what did he think? But, I knew in my heart that GOD noticed and I realized anew HE is never afraid of the trash we put in His hands each day. Our mistakes, losses or the smell of the attitudes we speak in hurt or pain. He shows us His Love and Light clearing the way again, removing the trash I put out for HIM.

Hope this finds you Always-N-Joying each moment! Joanne

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