It is so very easy, when life seems off kilter and nothing is going right, to believe that it will always be this way. Our vision is dulled by our focus on the “if only”, “maybe”, or “why me”, moments. It is easy to become overwhelmed with the day to day, if we do not make a concerted effort to see with eyes wide open, all the blessings . Sure, there are times of sadness, doubt and confusion…but, there are also times of faith, and hope and love. Even the darkest of times carries with it, its own beauty. Times of quiet and solitude in a noisy world that constantly vies for our attention, is a good thing. Although, I cannot honestly say I always appreciate it, sometimes it takes the darkness in order to truly appreciate the light. I, too, require that reminder.
When we concentrate on the rips and stains in the fabric of our life, we will always find it more difficult to see the beautiful patterns and the intricate details of the Master, as He weaves together our gorgeous tapestry. Today I choose to see the beauty.
Right now I am grateful for:
*Tender green emerging from winter’s brown *Wind to dry up the mud *A successful grocery shopping trip * A full pantry *Playing with the dogs * Having time to write * Art journaling * Helping others * Friends * Knowing that my husband is with me, through the good, bad, and the ugly * healthy kids * Gray sky stark against the back fence line *New boots for Spring’s rain *A card in the mail * Opportunity * God who knows me, and loves me still…
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28 NIV