As I walked in my yard listening to Scripture today, I was struck by all the small, beautiful views I’ve always overlooked - views that were always there, but I had to get up close and take notice to see them! It’s easy to focus on the big, scary news out there, or even to focus on the big scary mess the house has fallen into during quarantine so far. And while I’m all for cleaning up messes, I don’t want to miss the trees for the forest.
Rather than looking at all the big things, I want to zoom in close and look at the smaller view. Today when I went out into the yard, it was a muddy mess. But as I walked, I noticed beautiful little views: berries, leaves hanging over the picket fence, wet branches hanging heavy and framing a view of the house.
Likewise, inside, there are messes everywhere. But there are my husband and children, laughter, tickles, cuddles. There is a house plant thriving beneath a painting, a scattered bunch of watercolors by Grace’s latest artwork-in-progress, a blanket thrown over the arm of a chair.
And when we look at the big scary world, the very best news of all is that the God who made us, who is the only one who knows what is going on in the world, made a way for us to have a relationship with Him. He came and died for us, and we can be safe in Him. Even if everything is never the same again, He will be unchanged. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
He is able to take care of the big things. I can pray about the big things. And besides that, I want to remember to look past the mud, rain, and clutter to see the small, beautiful things all around me.
Want to join in? I think it would be fun to look closely at things and share photos with each other of quarantined beauty. Whether it’s beautiful moments with our kids or macro photos of plants or small areas of beauty in our homes! Any great hashtag ideas?