Today Joy wanted my help with something, but Bella needed me at that exact instant. Weighing Bella’s life or death need versus Joy’s hunger issue, Bella won and I walked quickly away telling her I’d be back in a moment.
When I was done with Bella, I looked over at Joy. She was deeply hurt. She was sitting on the ground, sad and sobbing. Oh, my heart stung for this little one who couldn’t understand, but knew I had disappointed her and left her. I looked at her and started playing peek a boo with her. After a few seconds, she came running to me smiling, but with the remnants of tears in her eyes. I thought to myself, “If only I could be more like Joy and forgive so quickly and easily. To feel so deeply, and yet forgive so easily.”
Three years ago Heavenly Father asked us to adopt Joy. How grateful I am for the lessons we learn daily from this sweet joyful presence!