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Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Perfect View

Interesting title for an obviously NOT perfect view of the sunset the other night.


Of course, I was out "chasing sunsets" as my husband would say.

But I wasn't chasing them.

I think they chase me.

It's one of the ways God speaks to me ....


Actually I was out doing errands, being intentionally SLOW, not being in a hurry in case there was something to see.

And sure enough, as I pulled into the parking lot at the post office, I glanced over to see this beautiful view. I couldn't wait to get out and get a photo of it. All I had with me was the camera on my iPhone. I got out of the car to get that perfect shot before heading in . . . 

and was so bummed that the power lines ruined my sunset shot!

Or so I thought.

Truth is I needed that "imperfect shot" to write this blog, for Him to speak to me . . . what would there have been to say if it had not been for the power lines in the way?

Oh, it would have been a beautiful picture of the sunset - shouting out the glory of God.

But you know what?

It still is.

There is a beautiful sunset shouting out the glory of God.

When I focused on the sunset and not the power lines, I see that.

It would've been great if I could physically changed my position - got to a better vantage point to get that clear unobstructed view. Sometimes in life you can change you position. But there are many times you cannot. You need to find the beautiful in life as it is.

Because the sunset - the beauty, the glory, the presence - It's still there.

All there.

The question is how.

How do I change my perspective?

The answer is in the looking.

Looking for opportunities to be grateful.

Because that's how I change my position.

It's all in my perspective.

Gratitude.


If you're looking for a book that showcases a life of gratitude, read Ann Voskamp's 1000 Gifts. In case you haven't noticed, I started reading it last week. And it just reinforces what God started with me so many years ago - opening my eyes to see. The beauty all around me - in the big and in the little. 

3 comments:

Sandy said...

My dear dear sunset buddy!! This was just the most perfect time. Great reminder that the sunset (God) is always there, but sometimes we have obstructions in the way and it blocks our perfect view, but regardless it still remains a constant. The sun sets every single day - whether it is cloudy, raining, we are busy, regardless, it sets and regardless if we can see it or not, it sets!! God is always ALWAYS there for us, regardless if we can see Him through the circumstance. Funny, but we have to look through the POWER poles in your picture to see the beauty. Wonder if we would just look through God's power, we too could see Him clearly!

Love you much my dear one!

KimberB said...

From The Message version of Col. 4:2 or 3 "Stay alert with eyes wide open in gratitude!"

Beth said...

Before I got all the way down to the end of this post I was thinking, "I wonder if Kim has read 1000 gifts yet?" :) And then you answered my question! Great post friend, as usual! Much love and hugs to you!