“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.” Psalm 25:1-2a
The view before me is breath-taking. Gently flowing river, a bank of green leafing trees, blue sky with scattered white clouds, fishing boats and paddling kayakers. And, at just the right time, bald eagles. Oh, they really are majestic. I have experienced the privilege of watching one fly around and narrow in on its prey, swoop down to the water and ascend with a late morning breakfast before soaring around the trees and disappearing into its nest. Oh what a sight! But if my eyes are on my phone or computer, or even a book (or closed in sleep because I’m indulging in not getting up), I will miss their appearance.
Life gets so full of work and shuttling and activities and articles and texts and a myriad other things and distractions. If we don’t stop to look up, we risk missing the most amazing parts of this amazing life. The peace gleaned from a beautiful setting. A rare glimpse at God’s creation. The glint and smile of a loved ones glance. The random goofiness of another. A sought after answer only found amidst quiet contemplation. Opportunity for conversation. A hand reached out in hopes of being held. An opportunity to bless someone, or meet someone new. Investing and drawing into a relationship. The stuff that makes memories instead of just killing time or distancing relationships.
I don’t believe it’s an all or nothing scenario. Balance is important. Do the things. Read the articles. Chat on text. Work the jobs. Play the games. But don’t get lost in them; don’t let them consume your time and attention. Ferris Bueller said it best: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
#Discover what is beautiful right before you.
Embrace the opportunity to #LiveYourFaithBoldly.