OPEN YOUR HEART TO THE WONDER
You may think your ordinary days couldn’t possibly have anything to give cause for wonder. But I believe if we open our hearts to receive and keep our eyes and ears open, we might just find that wonder in plain, ordinary things. If we will slow down, be aware of our surroundings, we might discover all kinds of beauty and value.
FIND THE MAGIC IN ORDINARY DAYS
Open the windows
Open the door
Turn on the lights
Let colors fill the room
Red, yellow, green, orange and blue
Purple and pink and chartreuse, too
Open your eyes wide
Open your ears
Find the magic
In ordinary days
Hugs, smiles, trees, clouds, sun or rain
Laundry, dishes, walks down the lane
Feel the wind blowing
Soak up the sun
Gaze at the sky
Laugh, love and be happy
Run, skip, sing, pray, climb a tree
Imagine, speak truth and be free
OPEN YOUR HEART TO WONDER EVEN IN STRESSFUL TIMES
Many of us are going through stressful times these days. Sometimes our circumstances are emotionally and physically demanding. Maybe we are exhausted and feel drained of energy. I hope my poem and photos encourage each of us to open our senses to all that is around and open our heart to the wonder.
I want us to notice the light and beauty even during the dark times.
Let’s not let our circumstances keep us from pursuing the deepest desires of our hearts. Maybe you are thinking that I can’t possibly know how hard it is for you, and you are right. Our lives are not the same, but we are not alone. None of us can automatically lift ourselves out of a slump, but there is One who has the power to do just that.
GOD CAN DO ANYTHING
In Mark 10, starting in verse 23, Jesus is telling his disciples how hard it is for the rich to enter God’s kingdom. This baffles them and they wonder how anyone could be saved. Jesus tells them that it is impossible for man but not for God. Then in the last part of verse 27, he says, “…all things are possible with God.”
Did you get that? Nothing is impossible for God!
God loves His people, and He wants us to love and trust Him, no matter what the circumstances. He will be with us to lead us through the darkest times, to find and follow the light. We need to set our worries before Him and leave them there. In exchange He gives peace.
That’s exactly what I did this morning. With so many in my family being hit with hard things, I began to feel a bit of despair. Everything seemed overwhelming, and I wondered what I could do. It was time for me to get back to wrestling in prayer.
First I cleaned off the little table, lit a candle, and sat in my chair by the window. Then, I read some scripture and wrote out my prayer in a journal, literally pouring out my heart to God. I know that he heard my pleas and will answer according to His will.
Does that mean everything is okay now? No, not really. We’re dealing with some tough things in our family that aren’t going away any time soon. But I do have peace. I do trust God, and I will look for the light and the beauty, because it is there.
I want to go read the poem again and let it remind me to look for the light and the beauty in the ordinary things of every day. Maybe I’ll go out to watch the clouds and listen to the sounds of nature and open my heart to the wonder.
Won’t you join me?
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