Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Beauty & the Butterfly

I didn't use to take the time...

to see the butterflies

to watch them in flight



fluttering here and there.

Just like I didn't used to take the time...

to spend with You in the morning

to listen to Your voice

both then and as I went through my day.

And some days....
or some hours
or some moments

go by

And I still could say

I used to...

But then you send a butterfly my way

or a sunset into view

or the majesty of Your creation overwhelms me

and I remember.

How loved I am.

How wonderful you are.

How your beauty chases me

Even when I am not actively chasing You.

Beauty is defined as:  
1. the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure
    to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit
2. a beautiful person or thing
3. a particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality
4. a brilliant, extreme, or egregious (distinguished) example or instance of 

Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life. Psalm 23:6 MSG

Just as each day brims with your beauty, my mouth brims with praise. Psalm 71:8 MSG
For GOD is great, and worth a thousand Hallelujahs. His terrible beauty makes the gods look cheap...GOD made the heavens— Royal splendor radiates from him, A powerful beauty sets him apart. Psalm 96:4-6 MSG
For GOD is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever. Psalm 100:5

Lost without Your Light

A few weeks ago, when the weather was still summer and the boys were outside in flip-flops and shorts, my son lost his shoe.

Too busy swinging away at twilight with not a care in the world.

Spending time seeing how much daylight could be squeezed out of the day 
in the neighborhood playground.

 Off went the flip-flop.

Sailing high into the sky, I am sure.

And then the search.

For now dusk had come and gone.

Boys and flashlights.

An all-out search party.

The out of breath boy runs inside. "We went deep into the woods," he described. "We all had flashlights and we can't find it anywhere."

"It has to be there, and it'll be there in the morning unless some animal would like a smelly old shoe for a home tonight," I reply. "We just can't see it without more light. We'll look in the morning."

The next morning, going outside to look for the shoe was the first priority.
We retraced steps.
He showed me where he was on the swing
and pointed to which way the shoe went flying
and told me how they walked deep into the woods.

But before we could walk deep into the woods, we look down
and there,
in plain daylight,
was the shoe.

"Oh my goodness!" he exclaimed. "I can't believe it was RIGHT HERE and I COULDN'T SEE IT. WE WALKED RIGHT PAST IT!!"

We went back inside and he is still mesmerized by the whole event.

Even his friend, concerned about finding the missing shoe, has his mom send me a text asking if we ever found it. I tell her the story and how we did find it this morning.

I ponder the message here.
In the midst of my day-to-day life.
The message I miss if I don't once again slow down and listen.

Oh - how I need your light, Jesus, to find what it is I'm looking for. To help those who are lost. To find my their way. To find the way I should go. I need your "God said" in my situations, so I can rest assured. Rest assured in You.

Because so it is,
so hidden
so NOT obvious,
when I look on my own.

With my little flashlight.

Trying to make sense of the world,
the year,
the month,
the day,
or even this very hour.

But when I have His light,
brighter than the noon-day sun,
shining on my life,
everything hidden become obvious and clear.

Light is the radical thing in a dark world. - Ann Voskamp

The One that Almost Got Away . . .

The other morning...

the pug got away.

Extreme panic.

I had stopped
 and the leash slipped right through my hand.

I didn't know if he'd come back
because the harder I chased him,
    the farther & faster he ran.

But when I enticed
  with open arms 
    and a voice that beckons ...

He'll come running.

The Perfect Father.

He won't panic
  when I run off after my own ambitions
   when my heart has wandered
    when my thoughts have drifted afar

I won't slip
  farther than He can grasp
    beyond hearing His voice
      out of reach of His unfailing love

I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.  Psalm 94:18
He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Psalm 121:3

"I know how to love you ... perfectly ... completely."