Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Wake Up and Smell the Roses

And so, we enter a new week!

I pray that the weekend brought much laughter, joy, and fellowship for all of you.  Upon starting a brand new week, it occurred to me that I seriously need to slow down.  A rather unexpected circumstance popped up last week, leaving me with a severe amount of pain in my left knee; as I walked--excuse me--sauntered to the train yesterday, I felt the nudge that my need to slow down should not irritate me.  Rather, it seemed clear that it was intended for my eyes to be opened to the world around me that I so often miss, in the mad scurry of reaching my next destination.  I wanted to share some of the photos I snapped yesterday of the beauty around me:

I wonder about the age of the trees that surround my neighborhood--they are enormous!  I just love the shade they offer to our street, the green they contribute to the concrete nature of the city. 

This mural is painted on the length of the tunnel by my train stop, so colorful and full of story.  Seeing it yesterday made me realize that I know nothing about its origin... 

A view of one of the many tree-lined streets in my neighborhood.  It contains glimpses of Arlington Heights, IL, where I was born.  I love how far one can gaze down the road... 

And finally, the simplicity--and royalty--of a massive garden of tulips!  If our Father cares for the lilies of the field, how much more will He care for us?

I wonder about the circumstances that are difficult--almost impossible--for us to understand.  They seem to call out the vastness of our God.  Psalm 73 has been the song of my heart during this hard time, and it comforts me as I enter the next stage, especially verses 16 and 17, which I would like us to read:

But when I thought how to understand this,
it seemed to me a wearisome task,
until I went into the sanctuary of God;
then I discerned their end.

How is God calling you to slow down and perceive what He is doing?  I would love your comments and thoughts below!

1 comment:

  1. I so agree! Stopping and smelling the flowers is literally some of the best therapy! When I make a conscious effort to notice the things around me throughout my day, I find I'm filled with a much more grateful and thankful heart. So much easier to praise God through the day when you can stop and notice the things he's doing around you!


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