Year 5 - Day 189: Today, I am grateful for the reminder to look... and see.
I don't know where this image was taken, but I suspect the Grand Canyon. What a powerful message.
One Minute is only 60 seconds. Pause and take in the beauty.
Put the camera down.
Put the phone down.
Just look... and see.
There is wonder all around us. We are about the meet a new baby... if he ever decides it is time. Oh the wonder such a precious moment.
We have a new daughter through marriage with a birthday today. Yes... we have a girl! We are tickled pink.
There is a new marriage about to be sealed in covenant with God before the day is complete. Back home, another bride is being celebrated by loved ones at a bridal shower. These are good days.
We get so focused on the busy that we forget to really look... and truly see. When we take the time to look, we learn to really live.
I get wrapped up in human impatience and my own agenda. I hurry toward what comes next. I sometimes miss what is good right here and right now. These moments... on this day... are wrapped in wonder.
I am no different from the Israelites as they complained about everything not long after the Lord parted the Red Sea for their escape. They quickly forgot the miracles that unfolded before them as they made their exodus from Egypt, until a snake problem brought them back to a place of seeking God's face.
He longs for us to seek him in love... not just because there are snakes in our midst.
"Look and Live", an old hymn I sang often growing up:
“Look and live,” my brother, live,
Look to Jesus now, and live;
’Tis recorded in His word, hallelujah!
It is only that you “look and live.”
A recent message connected the dots between the Old and New Testament on a piece of a passage that once seemed random. The words are perfectly chosen to shine God's light through the Old Testament to illuminate the New Testament covenant.
Pause. Look. Believe. Receive. Live. Take it all in and be filled with new hope.
Eternity awaits. A choice is made. We simply need to believe and receive. Look and live.
We must slow down and practice the pause. Easier said than done.
Memories are made in the moments. Eternity is decided in a moment. Pause to participate in the wonder of it all. We can choose to look and live.
Today, I am grateful for the reminder to look... and see... and live.