This is the first of a new series of posts, called Saturday Musings. In these posts, I am going to step aside from the typical focus of stories, hope, and strategies to keep going through impossible circumstances. Instead, these posts will be more along the lines of “Let’s slow down, look around, and recognize the goodness of God in our lives.” I hope you enjoy this change of pace.
A light breeze blows against my face as I sit on my porch swing this morning. A hummingbird performs his magic act, dancing in front of me for several minutes, preening and showing up his aerial artistry.
My kids are still asleep, so I am able to soak in these moments of beauty. Then a question stirs in my soul:
Why do I have to be alone on a Saturday morning to enjoy scenes like this?
The short answer – because I am far too busy. I wake up most mornings now in time to see the stars in the sky, and often I get home as the sun sets in the sky. Then the work of parenting begins. Before I know it, ten o’clock comes, I am exhausted, and I go to sleep, only to start all over again the next day.
But this goes deeper than schedule.
I can find beauty just as easily in an easy conversation with my wife on the way to work as I can on a swing. I can see the creativity and handiwork of God from my office window too.
I have to be looking though. If I am honest with myself, this is the real problem – I am much more comfortable filling my days with tasks and appointments than absorbing the wonder of this life God has given me.
The Psalmist says the heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies proclaim His handwork. All around, the evidence of God and His creativity are evident…if only I would pay attention.
I have great reasons to not notice the marks of God in my world. My seizures can overwhelm my emotions some days. I have two kids in the midst of adolescence (holy hormones, Batman!) and another who wants to be crowned the king of drama. I started a new job two weeks ago.
The list goes on and on, but at the end of the day, the bottom line is this: I choose to focus on me and my concerns, not the grandeur of God’s activities around me.
Well, not today.
Today, I am going to look for opportunities to see the goodness of God. Today, I pray God will open my eyes to hear the proclamation of His glory and handiwork.