Monday, September 21, 2009

gaze with wonder

Is it the small po dunk town of Kalispell, Montana? Is it the beautiful city of Prague with its each intricate details of history etched on every cobblestone street? Perhaps is it the small boot-wearing, big smilin' town of Brownwood Texas, where the sky is bluer than any waves in the ocean and your neighbors so close to you that you can hear the toilet flush. Where is it that we are happy? Content. If we are here...why can't we be there? If every scene is the same as the one before...why can't we skip ahead a few?

Wherever you are, place yourself into a position of contentment. Because everywhere your not there are people wishing they were where you are.

Is is the small tourist town of Seaside Oregon? The salty ocean air against your face as you observe the picturesque tourist shops and cafes. Is it the hot california sun? Your body soaks in the warm summers heat on the white sand of a crowded beach. Is it the small mexican village of Abosola? Where the dusty roads and vivid sunset remind you of something from an old western? Where is it that we are happy? Are we content in our everyday surroundings? In the grind of the norm do we forget to cast our eyes upon the majestic mountains or the vast cloudless sky? Do we often hesitate in carefully observing the details of a six sided snowflake as it rest and melts on our cheeks? What has possesed us to be such products prone to dissatisfaction? Do we not have eyes to gaze in awe upon the masterpiece of the universe? A complex mind to ponder over the beautifully painted canvas of our Creator? Have we not been blessed with hands to touch, mold, shape, feel, every breathing inhabitant on this earth? Have we not a nose to deeply inhale the sweet scent of spring flowers or the almost to clean alpine air? Do we long to touch, hold something different, be where the stars twinkle just a litte bit brighter, the air is just a little bit crisper, the gorgeous golden autumn leaves are a richer color? If we look where we are- exactly where we are- and study with the eyes of deep satisfaction, appreciation, and wonder, I am almost certain, we could discover rich wonders to talk about for a lifetime:)


Blogger Martha A. said...

Alot of wisdom for someone your age. How many places have you lived?
I have lived in alot of places.....but I love MT....sometimes though I would just love to see some other places, I would love to go and see the historical sites in Europe.....

September 22, 2009 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger April said...

I am so happy I read first I thought you were going to complain about Kalispell. I hear a lot of that around here. It's too cold, too hot, too rainy, too small, etc. This has been on my heart as well because I feel so blessed to live here! And I really think we as humans tend to fall into the "grass is always greener" mentality and being Christians we need to be happy with where God has us! Besides, I feel like we are in a postcard most of the year and that makes me really happy! =) God bless you girl for doing this blog...I think God is really using you and your thoughts to glorify Him!

September 23, 2009 at 2:11 PM  

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