I was reading through Billy Coffey’s always terrific blog recently and he’d written about finding beauty in the world. It’s there, he says … we just have to look for it. And, I couldn’t agree more. I think that if you’re seeking God … if you want to find Him in the world … If you really want to see Him, you will. Because, He’s there. I think, in fact, that He reveals Himself to us every day. In conversations with friends. In a particular song on the radio. In a look from a loved one, a breeze when you’re roasting or a co-worker surprising you with lunch when you’re flat broke, hungry and keeping it all to yourself. Bottom line is, I think it’s up to us to pay attention … to notice.
Now, it may seem a little bit silly to you, but I took this picture several months ago as I walked through the parking lot at church. I wondered how long it’d been there and how many people had walked right by it and never noticed (have you, yet?). I wondered how many times I’d done it myself. (I’m convinced that just a few years ago, I’d have never noticed it)
And since I took it, it’s served as the desktop background on my phone … a reminder of exactly what Billy wrote about. A reminder that, if I’ll just slow down and pay attention … if I’ll just let go of whatever’s eating at me, whatever’s consuming me, whatever’s got me preoccupied and aggravated and worried and busy … whatever it is that day that has blinded me to the beauty and life He’s surrounded me with, I’ll see Him. Because He’s there.
Heck, it’s those days I need to look for Him the most … those days when I’ve blown a gasket and made a mess of something …
Have you noticed Him around you in the mundane? In the day-to-day? In the monotony? In the midst of your grime? Where?
Love to hear your stories.