“I could care less. Whatever.”
The most amazing things, people, and events surround us every day and we miss them entirely because of our indifference or distraction. A gorgeous sunset coloring the clouds above. A loving touch. The first daffodils pushing up through the March snow. The taste of good food. A flash of cardinal red in a white landscape. The sound of a friend’s greeting. Laughter and singing in the sanctuary. What are we missing?
One of my favorite camera settings is macro: used for seeing very small things in new and beautiful ways. I think maybe that’s the way our lives can be when using the lens of faith, helping us to see the extraordinary in the every day ordinary. Faith has to do with trusting God and trusting God opens us up to paying attention: not only to God, but to everything that He is trying to reveal to us.
Way too often we are focused on whatever: our problems, our pains, our needs, our struggles, our feelings, our frustrations, what others are doing or have done or will do to us (I’m bummed just reading that). But God surrounds us, His glory fills the earth, and we are changed by His glory.
Did you ever stop and to look at moss? Have you ever caught yourself smiling because a little kid was laughing nearby? Did you ever walk by a shop on the street and then back up to go in because the smell of fresh baked cookies was pulling you with gravitational force? Have you ever sat on a hilltop with your back to the wind to watch the flakes rush past in the ethereal hush of a snowstorm? Did you ever just stop to listen?
God’s voice is still and we need to pay attention to hear Him. We can start by simply looking for whatever signs of His goodness, love, and greatness surround us in the people, things, and events of today – and give thanks. This is holy living: seeing God everywhere.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9