When was the last time you looked at the sunset on your drive home from work and really pondered on how it came to be? How often do you hear the chirping birds outside your bedroom window and stop to wonder at the perfect melody? Have you ever laid back in the grass on a steamy summer day, with the sun beating down on you, just to take pleasure in the softness of the grass and the warmth of the sun? And how about winter? What is so great about cold, slippery, and dark? How about the sound of laughter and the leaping joy in your heart as you throw that twentieth snowball at your love? Does the fire in your heart grow as the fire crackling in the fireplace warms your body and that cup of hot chocolate warms your hands? And do I even need to mention 4 Wheel Drive? Popping that Jeep into 4 Wheel Drive and taking it places that no other vehicle can go is a feeling like no other!
But how often do we take these things around us for granted? After so many years, they just become another average thing in our day to day living. Let’s be honest, after the 100th hot chocolate drink with floating marshmallows, it’s really just another drink, right? And that snowball you threw at your husband…well, you really meant it! The grass is no longer greener on any side of the fence, it’s just something that needs mowed once again this weekend. The new has become old.
One of my family’s favorite shows to watch is Alone, on the History Channel. An honest, gut wrenching, reality show about going out and surviving in the wilderness all on your own. One of the things I’ve noticed about this show is the change in perspective of the participants. When everyone first arrives on location, the reaction is all the same. Oooh’s and ahhh’s in abundance for the amazing view and wildlife this place has to offer. But after a few weeks, a month, a month and a half…those oooh’s and ahhh’s turn into blah’s and ugh’s for many of the participants. That marvelous view is forgotten in the mundane of what has become the “norm” of everyday life. That awe-inspiring beauty from just a couple of weeks ago has turned into the rugged, harsh environment that takes no prisoners.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I have a lot of respect for these people on the show and what they are going through. Being out there all alone, trying to survive on your own, is not easy. I would NEVER even think about signing up for something like this! Way past my skill levels! But what I am saying is this: more often than not, it’s not the environment around us that has changed, but it’s our perspective of it that changes things.
The sun rises every morning and sets every evening, but when we see it as the call to another dreary day at work, we miss the glory behind it. Birds sing their songs around us every day, but in our quest for just a few more hours of sleep we miss the splendor in that sound. God’s beauty surrounds us every day, He shows us His glory and beauty all the time, but more often than not we tend to miss it. It gets lost in the hum-drum reality of life.
My prayer today, and every day, is that I don’t get so caught up in the harshness of life that the magnificence of God is lost to me. May I always take the time to see the sunsets, listen to the bluebirds, feel the grass between my toes, and recognize them for what they are….God’s glory revealed for us here on earth.
When anyone is in Christ, it is a whole new world. The old things are gone; suddenly, everything is new! -2 Corinthians 5:17