This blog originally appeared in July of 2012.
Ever had one of those days where all you want to do is go home and hide under a blanket with a good strong drink? I have a lot of those days. The sad thing is that it's usually just one incident that spoils every other good aspect of the day. I have a hard time overlooking that one bad thing.
One day I came home, fuming from the grumpiness that had overtaken me. As I pulled into the driveway, I climbed out of my car and noticed a little something on my deck chairs. A butterfly. Just chilling out and fluttering it's wings quietly.
For a brief moment, I was able to put my annoyances from the day to the side. This calm little creature reminded me to do just as it was doing: calm down.
I believe that God places such things in my path to get my attention. Often, I'm so wrapped up in my seemingly deserved self-worth that I saunter right on past. The attention grabbing is usually done in very subtle ways; flowers in bloom, a cool breeze, warm sun rays on my face, a smile from a stranger, a comforting scent or sound. I hate when I get to the point that I miss all of this.
In my favorite devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers states:
“In every wind that blows, in every night and day of the year, in every sign of the sky, in every blossoming and in every withering of the earth, there is a real coming of God to us if we will simply use our starved imagination to realize it.”
I think my imagination has been starved, because I feel as if I'm not picking up on much of this lately. Sadly, I walk right by every blossom and every withering, too self-absorbed to truly take it in and see God.
What a way to worship; noticing God in all the little things around me. I used to be good at this. A warm breeze would wash over my face and I'd close my eyes and raise my face to the heavens. Beautiful clouds in the sky made me thank God for His creativity. The sound of birds chirping brought a smile to my face.
Now I just plow right through my day, oblivious to the small signs that God places in my path everyday. I hate that. I pray that I can return to that childlike awareness and not miss those sweet, subtle signs.
Question: What was the last subtle sign God placed in your way?