the question was recently posed to me...
what if someday God holds us accountable for all the things
that He gave us to enjoy and we never did?
i'm reading a most unique and thought-provoking book called 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp. i'm being challenged to recognize the gifts God fills each day with - obscure as they may be - to receive them and thank Him for the simple joy that they give me. so, i am on a quest to notice; it's like a treasure hunt. what can i find that's beautiful, that makes me praise Him? last week it was the ruby-throat hummingbird on the back deck.
two days ago, it was sky blue on top of Jacob's Creek
and a little boy's treasure... yes, i know only mommies find these things beautiful
yesterday, it was a wind chime and bubbles in glass.
And Thomas reading from Grandma's journal, which she wrote from 1940 - 1945
yes, me and my little 'point and shoot.' obviously, i have a lot to learn in the art of photography! but i feel like i'm making some progress in the art of noticing. sometimes. other times, my children remind me i have a ways to go there too.
like the other day when we were walking together and i stopped to appreciate the field of hay bales. Josiah asked, "Mom, why are you taking pictures of hay? what's so special about that??" as i was trying to explain my new-found art to him, Judah asked if he could kick it... just one time? i agreed to the "just one time," which led to him and Josiah both kicking and pummeling the hay bale repeatedly while laughing with delight. i gave up taking any more pictures of hay. i called them to walk with me some more, so they came running then with flushed cheeks and sparkling eyes. who knew a hay bale could be so fun? so i think that there is a step beyond noticing that is wholeheartedly enjoying. i think it isn't about a discipline to be learned, but it's an instinct to be remembered. i stand on the edge the wonderful, and, yes, appreciate it. but my kids jump into the moment with a splash and swim in the wonder.