Some days we can go about our lives with our heads down – forging ahead – and never take the time to look up and appreciate God’s creation. In the same way, we can spend an entire day or week and never notice God’s Spirit at work in the world around us. Our lives are impoverished a bit when we do this.
We all struggle in our lives – some much more than others. By seeing the majesty of God’s creation and by seeing God’s Spirit at work in our lives and in our community, we can balance these struggles a bit. Struggles are easier to deal with when we look up and see the beauty around us. Coping with the selfishness of much of society can be easier when we look up and see the generousness of God’s Spirit working in the world.
I hope that each of us can make a specific effort each day to look up, see and appreciate, and rejoice in the beauty of the world around us. I hope that each of us will make a specific effort each day to look around us for signs of God’s Spirit working in the world. If you do this, jot a note or take a picture – and put the note or picture in the collection plate by the Narthex of our church. I will take some time each week during our Sunday service to share these with others.
Here is mine: I was riding my bike along Miller Road last Monday, about noon. I was looking around and noticed that the corn was just starting to peek up out of the soil in a field on my left. It must have been one of the first fields planted this year. Then I looked higher and saw the moon – yes, the moon. It was about 1/3 full. It seemed magical. There I was – this little spec in the universe – still able to use my muscles to bike after 66 years. Next to me was this little field with life just beginning. And there in the distance was part of the rest of the universe. Small; local; universal.
I have had others share pictures of the Mission of Miracles to show God’s Spirit working in the world. Someone else told me about seeing a small child helping a smaller child who had fallen in the street. I see a wonderful example of God’s Spirit at work every time I attend one of our parish’s free community breakfasts.
Look up, see the beauty, take a picture or jot a note, and get me the note or picture so that I can share it with others. We will all be richer for it.
God with God,