Enjoying the View

Softly the evening came. 
The sun from the western horizon
Like a magician extended his golden wand o’er the landscape; Twinkling vapors arose; and sky and water and forest
Seemed all on fire at the touch, and melted and mingled together.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

“Come here. I want to show you something.” 
I got his attention.
My husband willingly turned away from the computer, took my hand and let me lead him to another part of our home, the room with the best view.
“Look,” I said, pointing to the window.
I put my arm around him and he returned the gesture as we stood there gazing at the most stunning sunset.
 
“Isn’t it just so beautiful?”
 
“Yes, it is.”
He knows by now. I make a big deal out of these things. Because when you see something that takes your breath away, well, you just can’t help but praise the handiwork of the Master Artist who created it.
And that is what a sunset is to me.
It’s like God dipped his brush deep into the center of His creative heart, waved it across sky canvas and the result was this masterpiece we get to witness in the gallery of ordinary days.
And it comes at the end of each day.
A gift for the weary. 
After the business of living is done, just in case we missed it in all the other moments that came before, God reserves the most spectacular showing of love when we are most likely to notice it.
He gets our attention.
And when we are willing to follow Him, to let Him lead us away from the noise, we start to get the picture. That no matter what ugliness we may encounter in the course of an ordinary day, there is still beauty to be found. 

God wants to show us the wonder and the majesty of His power. He rejoices in watching us discover the passion and poetry of a sunset and He inhabits our praises when we do.And it’s here, in these not so ordinary moments that we feel the heartbeat of life itself.

When circumstances begin to dim the eyes of our faith, may we draw closer to our Creator and allow Him to reveal all the beauty we may be missing.

After all, He knows where to find
the best view in the house.

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Seize The Day!

Today is a rainy, gray and ordinary day.

Often, I am, like most, lulled into an emotional sleep by the mundane duties of the day. Frequently, I find myself looking to the past, remembering better days, or looking ahead, hoping for better days in the future, rather than noticing the extraordinary of the NOW. Isn’t that the human way? Don’t we all do this at one time or another?

As the scripture says, “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

It is TODAY that the Lord has given me – TODAY that I am to live, breathe and rejoice in His mercy – TODAY that I am to take hold of His hand and follow where He leads.

I do believe it’s important to not forget the past, as in lessons learned and good memories made along the way. And, equally important is our ability to look ahead to eternity, to appreciate that this life is not all there is and there are good things to come. However, we cannot forget to be “in the moment” either. You’ve heard the phrase that some people are “so heavenly minded, they’re no earthly good.” I don’t know about you, but I want to be present enough to make a difference in the world today, to take hold of every opportunity (Col. 4:5/Eph. 5:16).

No doubt, this is a lofty goal but a worthwhile pursuit, nonetheless. I’m reminded of that phrase attributed to the Roman poet, Horace, “Seize the day!” What a great motto for living. Below are lyrics from a song by the same name by modern day poet, Carolyn Arends, a Christian singer/songwriter.

“Seize the day, seize whatever you can
‘Cause life slips away just like hourglass sand
Seize the day, pray for grace from God’s hand
Then nothing will stand in your way
Seize the day”

To hear the entire song, check out this video.