Look Closely

Most of us, myself included wander through life and rarely slow down long enough to notice the amazing things that exist right under our nose. God gave us such an amazing world to live in and what do we do to say thank you? Bury our noses in technology and complain.

While I moan and complain about what I don’t have, what kind of house I don’t live in, and then sit in my recliner watching HGTV only to have more ammunition for my pity party, I am missing out on what is right in front of me.

At first glance this looks like a picture of a tree, right? But look closely. There is a camouflaged visitor playing hide and seek with me.

While I have wasted so much precious time whining about what I don’t have, I have completely overlooked all that I do. Please tell me I am not the only person who is guilty of this sin?!

I want to grow some veggies, herbs and other plants for a tea and dye garden but whine because the back yard is all grass and I don’t have the physical strength to remove the sod and build the raised beds. So I did nothing.

Last Sunday, in a moment of optimism, I bought two cherry tomato plants from a local farmer. Today I am going to plant them in pots for a container garden. I may not be strong enough for the back yard, but I can handle a bag of soil and a pot. I’m also buying herbs, and some flowers today for additional containers. I don’t have to wait for the back yard to be plowed up to take action. I just convinced myself that I did. Don’t believe the lies.

I went outside to check my little tomato babies and look! It is so amazing to see my food growing on a plant that I have cared for, for five days. It doesn’t take long to get attached.

Green buds lead to yellow flowers which in turn become tiny little tomatoes. What an amazing miracle this is. And just think, I will get to eat these in a few days. Assuming I beat the birds to them! I think growing food is an important thing to do. It reminds us that God provides all that we need. Not always what we want, but EVERYTHING we need.

I want lots of things, but what do I need? I need love – family and friends, security, a roof over my head, food to eat and clothes to wear. Nice furniture, a television, cell phone, iPad, even yarn are all wants. I could survive without them. But, I have them and they are the icing on the cake. It is important to take time to remember these small truths.

I am so happy that I stopped whining long enough to get outside and live a little! Have a wonderful Friday and an even better weekend.

Until Monday…keep looking up, embrace today and go find some fun!

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