The Every Day Gift
My daughter-in-law, Irem, is originally from Turkey. Her parents miss her very much, as you can imagine. Her father has a delightful practice: every day he sends her a text message with a photo of something lovely that he has seen in nature. It’s his way of telling Irem he is thinking of her with love.
Every day our Heavenly Father sends us visions of his glory, telling us he loves us, if only we have eyes to see.
But what I focus on determines what I see. What amazing sights and sounds do I miss every day because I’m preoccupied or worried? Jesus urged us to “Consider the lilies of the field…” (Matthew 6.28). Jesus assures us that our Heavenly Father know that we need the basics and will take care of us. This should free us to live freely, alert to the gifts God gives us, the ways he is telling us he loves us, every day – in nature, in people, in the way he meets our every need.
As summer slips away and the beauty of autumn takes its place, I’m trying to savor every gorgeous, colorful sight I see! Recently I was able to capture the image of a Monarch butterfly on my coneflower – in my own backyard (see the photo with this blog)! Another morning I came out of my house and heard crows making a racket. I looked up in the big elm tree right in front of our home in St. Paul. There was a bald eagle staring straight at me! What a memorable sight!
Remember Isaiah’s vision of the Lord? The seraphim cry: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” I invite you to open your eyes, focus on meeting God today, and receive the gift he has for you in this day.
Judie Ritchie, Associate Pastor of Congregational Care and Inviting & Connecting Ministries