Throughout the day as frustration would sneak into my heart, I kept looking for what was happening around me that showed me clear evidence of God. I’m understanding to a deeper level that more often than I care to admit, I accept the challenges of the day as a given in this life. I understand that challenges will come, Lord have I been there and done that! But the challenges aren’t what God has created, they are what distract us from seeing what God has created. Right in front of me at all times there is evidence of His handiwork, and I so desire to be more aware of that.
I find myself rushing around so much, just trying to keep up with the hectic schedule, that I have forgotten about taking time out to really enjoy His creation. I don’t have to wait until I’m sitting in the middle of an Ansel Adams photograph to fully appreciate what is around me. Today, as I felt frustration, I tried to see past the surface circumstances to the hidden beauty. In the eyes of many women I saw today, there were tears that we trying to escape, but that weren’t allowed to be released because of quiet determination. In children, I saw the light that flickers in excitement for being trusted to do the simplest of tasks. In men, I saw watchful eyes that were aware of everything around them, ready to respond at a moments notice to protect others without hesitation. I saw eyes closed in reverence during heartfelt prayers for each other. In the eyes of so many today, I saw not just women, children and men, but I saw God’s creation.
I often refer to the “imperfect” way we humans go through life. How we stumble and fall, and how we need God to dust us off and set us back on our feet. Maybe; just maybe; I can look at it differently. By looking at the rest of His creation, I can see the beauty, and the perfection, in those stumbles. The beauty of a river rock is only revealed through the constant friction of water. The beauty of crops emerging from the earth is only seen after the soil has been turned and prepared. The beauty of life is only experienced after a tremendous amount of pain. Maybe; just maybe; our imperfection is part of His perfect plan …
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.” – James 1:12-18