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Enjoy the View

October 10, 2011

      A small private grass air strip sits near the end of our driveway.  It is a great place to walk for exercise, one mile up and back.  Today I was weary but I did it anyway.  I hit the half way point turned around and viewed the long walk back.  My daughter was walking with me.  I told her how very far the remainder of the walk looked and she sweetly looked at me and said, “Then look at the view.”

     I began to do just that.  It was a glorious fall day.  The sky was vibrant blue, absolutely clear of any clouds.  The trees that ran on either side of the air strip were deep green dotted throughout with the yellows, reds and oranges of fall.  I noticed tiny little white flowers that looked like miniature daisies all throughout the grass.  There were small yellow butterflies everywhere and I saw a number of very large grasshoppers.  There were small birds in the nearby bushes and they had such a sweet song.  I do not think it was one I had heard before.

     Before I knew it, I had reached the end of my walk.  I actually felt cheated.  I had only just begun to see all that there was to see.  My daughter is a wise little girl.

     The amazing thing about my observations was that I did not notice any of these things on my first lap.  I was completely focused on my destination and the fact that I didn’t want to walk, so I missed the blue sky, the fall trees, the birds, butterflies and grasshoppers.

     How much of our lives are we missing because we are focused on the end destination?  I know I have missed a lot along the way.

     I am famous for tuning out my kids.  When I am focused or in my own thoughts, they might as well be talking to a brick wall.  I miss so many wonderful things they are telling me because I don’t take the time to truly listen.

     Many of us have homemade masterpieces hanging on our refrigerators, but do we really look at them?  Do we value the time, effort and love involved in their creation? 

     We are missing the view.  Our focus is on the wrong thing.  What we think is our destination is not our destination at all.  The view is our goal.

     Take a mental inventory of your last 24 hours.  How much of your view did you miss because of the rush you were in, the preoccupation of your thoughts or the fact you weren’t so thrilled with your destination?  Sadly, I am aware of much I missed. 

     Kids are famous for long drawn out ideas or explanations.  Sometimes it is difficult to be patient and actually give them your full attention as they seem to ramble on.  Thank God He takes the time to listen to our ramblings and excuses.  Our father places true value in us.

     Every day I am trying to take the steps needed to slow down and refocus.  The lesson on the air strip today was huge for me.  We have all heard the phrase, “stop and smell the roses,” many times.  So today I want to remind you to stop and smell them while you enjoy the view.

 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Lucy permalink
    October 10, 2011 7:27 am

    Maybe God MAKES us slow down, gives us the afflictions because otherwise we’d be running so fast we’d miss the important things??? Love you.

    Lucy~

  2. Cathy McDermott permalink
    October 10, 2011 7:57 am

    So true, God’s plan for us to enjoy His beauty is right before our eyes. Psalm 95:6 “Come let us bow down in worship , let us kneel before the LORD our Maker”. Have a great day Debbie. : )

  3. Lou Kaufmann permalink
    October 10, 2011 11:24 pm

    Debbie,

    Enjoyed your comments and thoughts. Remember, EELM.

    Lou

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