I have become much more focused and aware of nature’s beauty since spending twelve weeks quarantined in my Manila high rise apartment. For 84 days, I could only experience nature from a distance…an image behind glass. Now, I find myself taking periodic walks just to breathe fresh air and admire the cloud formations as I stroll between moss-laden Florida oaks.
I never thought to do this before…to take intentional moments to admire God’s presence in simple things.
I asked my friend, Abigail from Serendipitous Discovery, if I could share some pictures from her blog because this is something she does so well. She has a gift for portraying the beauty of the everyday; of capturing a moment in a way that causes us to stop and take notice.
Too many times, we don’t recognize God’s presence in our lives. We just assume that He’s left us to figure things out on our own when in actuality we’re just looking in the wrong places…
Maybe, we don’t recognize God’s presence because we aren’t looking to see him.
11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Elijah found God in a place he probably would not have even thought to look. God’s voice came in a gentle whisper.
Think about one of your most intimate relationships. Most likely, this relationship was forged by years and years of small acts of love, not by a few grand gestures. Hopefully, we all can say we take time to recognize the small ways that we’re cared for and loved by those we care for and love.
I think I’ll stop right here…a short and simple post with a simple, yet profound message. If you look for Him you will always find God’s presence in simple things.