The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Psalm 19:1
Sometimes life can just get too busy, and we don’t take the time to stop and enjoy the simple things of life. We are involved in so many things, and have so much to do, that even if we do have the time, TV, sports, entertainment, computers, I-phones, reading, and so many other things can occupy our minds.
January is especially such an opportune time to become distracted by these things, as it is usually cold, dreary, and uninspiring. But today, for some reason, I took notice.
It has been raining for days, and it was so good to see the rays of the sun once again! Yes, the trees are bare, the grass is greenish brown, and there is little color to brighten the landscape, but today the sky was glorious! It was the most beautiful blue, and a few white, fluffy clouds floated through the heavens. I noticed. I soaked it in. I basked in its beauty. The warmth of the sun felt good, even in the slight chill of the air, and the air smelled fresh and inviting. I even stopped long enough to not only enjoy the scene before me, but to give God praise for the beauty of His creation.
And then as God so often does, He gave me an unexpected gift. Beth Moore, one of my favorite Bible study authors, calls them “God-stops” – those little things that God knows will bring us pleasure or joy. They are never really miraculous or overwhelming, but they can stop you in your tracks, and you are reminded of His love and goodness.
Bob called for me to come to the bay window and look. And there in our backyard were 5 deer – probably a mother, father, and their 3 little ones. We stood there spellbound as we watched their quiet beauty and gracefulness. They seemed so content, as they even looked our way several times, and were totally unconcerned that we were close by watching. Time stopped. and we barely breathed, for fear we would startle them and they would run out of sight.
Then it was over, almost as quickly as it came. But it was a gift, and I saw the work of His hands, and I appreciated the beauty of His creation.
Dear God, Creator of the universe and of life itself, thank you for your glorious workmanship. May we never be too busy or too pre-occupied to stop and take notice and appreciate what you have so lovingly given us to enjoy. Thank you for all the blessings of life. Amen