Looking Beyond the Prickly
The house we moved into last summer is known in the neighborhood as “the one with all the trees and overgrown vines and bushes.” You see, the person who lived here before us loved nature, and she never cut down anything–and I mean ANYTHING! While we, without a doubt, have wonderful privacy, the overgrowth has driven me crazy because it is overwhelming, and it doesn’t do a whole lot for curb appeal–if you know what I mean.
During the winter season, I found myself obsessing about how ugly the bare trees and prickly thick brush looked. AND THEN THAT’S ALL I SAW. Every time I pulled into the driveway and one of those long vine-like thingys (I know–so scientific, huh?) would catch the car antenna, the hairs on the back of my neck would stand up!
But now…this spring season has given birth to so many exquisite flowers! The first one I discovered was a stunning, bright, pink camellia. (It actually inspired a prior entry called, It’s All in the Details) With each new day, I am pleasantly surprised with pink azaleas, lilac, honeysuckle, daffodils, and tulips popping up all over the property! My attention has been averted away from the ugly overgrowth and is now focused on taking in all of God’s magnificent artistry instead. It has changed my whole perspective on our home.
What if we did the same thing with our spouses, children, friends, and neighbors? What if we did the same thing with ourselves? Isn’t it so true that we can all get lost sometimes focusing on the “ugly” prickly qualities of the people around us? What if we averted our attention away from the negative qualities we see in others and instead focused on looking for God’s artistry in them? Oh–just think of how many breath-taking, pleasant surprises await us! Our whole perspective can change!
Love and God Bless,