Photo Credits C. Lovelady of Winchester, VA
@ Loveland Pass, CO
“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
(Genesis 1:31, ESV).
A DEEPER LOOK Read
The snow was fresh and scattered. Gravels poked through the light dusting, mocking the powder’s inability to cover them completely. And then I noticed the tired leaf, a leftover of fall. It wasn't like the gravel or surrounding petals.
Instead of mocking or rejecting the snow, the seasoned leaf welcomed the pure white flakes.
Embracing the stark contrast to its own dullness. I bent down cautiously, camera poised gingerly above the scene, careful not to disturb the beauty beneath the lens.
And I captured more than the snow holding leaf. I captured the essence of life…my life…your life:
Daily, lovely scenes are unfolding, little moments meant to make us smile.
Moments to be acknowledged or missed.
The same snow the leaf welcomed, hardier branches had rejected; ultimately missing an opportunity to bring a smile to my face. But not this leaf, in its imperfect state, it seized today's opportunity.
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God has entrusted us with many such moments…Little moments just waiting to be seized...today.
When I looked at Charlie’s picture, it literally took my breath away. The magnificent view and its clarity was inspiring. I wanted to be there - on that mountaintop - my camera aimed, capturing shot after shot. But I'm not inclined to travel, so a trip to Colorado is highly unlikely. When I considered the possibility of never experiencing such beauty on my own, it saddened me a little. It means that if I am to enjoy such spectacular scenes, I have to do so vicariously through the photos of my friends. But what if I can only find beauty in the spectacular? Would I be missing out on God’s best for my life?
Journal Your Thoughts Here:
In the beginning of time, God entrusted us with His very breath. He filled our lungs and set us on our feet. He gave us this life…a beautiful life. But somehow we forgot about His goodness – started taking Him and life for granted. So then He entrusted us with His Son. A picture perfect reflection of what we were created to be…and eventually, we started taking Him for granted too. Jesus’ life-on-earth story ran from the cradle to the cross, from the cross to the grave, and from the grave to ascension. And once again God, because He loves us, entrusted us - yet again - with a precious gift: The Holy Spirit. Can you imagine it? That God entrusted with a final gift? The indwelling of The Holy Spirit to help us seize the day. This day. To guide us in seeking out what is good. To encourage us to embrace what is true. To give us the ability to love unconditionally. To remind us to look around our community, our family, our workplace, our home…and see, on purpose, the good all around us. Ladies, God He has entrusted us with love!
This week, as you read the New and Old Testament text, remember to journal ways in which you can see The Holy Spirit around you. Don't forget to take a few moments each day to enjoy your life – right there where you live. And thank Him for entrusting us with such a great responsibility…the responsibility of life.
Today is___________________ and I am feeling:
Be Blessed today y'all,
In Christ with love and compassion -
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Photo Credit D. Kelly @ Grant Co., WV