Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Thought for the Day: God’s beauty surrounds us and brings us peace.
Waking up on a beautiful sunny and warm day was so exciting. After working as a long-term substitute nearby, I had not had many chances to get out and walk by myself in the early mornings. As that position came to an end, my heart became excited and looked forward to walking and taking pictures again. My walk became longer and longer as more and more images appeared in front of me. The last time I walked, the trees were budding with beautiful colors and the flowering plants were getting ready to bloom. In these weeks since my last walk, God had worked His miracles and when I arrived at the park, I quickly realized the change in colors and beauty. The lush green leaves had taken their residency in the trees, the birds had begun to sing more, the flowers had become glorious as they put on their show, and the sounds – oh the sounds – the sounds called my attention to mysterious and beautiful nature around me. As I came to the end of my photography walk around the park, I realized that two hours had passed. I had been swallowed by God’s beauty around me.
Isn’t this how we should all be taken in by God? As God took me in, calming my spirit where I could enjoy the nature around me, I could feel His presence. As I noticed the leaves on the trees, the birds in the air, and the blooms surrounding me, I knew I was in the presence of God. When I arrived at home and quickly got dressed for an appointment, I still felt the peace that I so abundantly felt in the park. God’s peace, precious peace, remains.
Prayer: Oh, God, we praise You today and thank You for the beauty You place around us. Help us to slow down enough to see that beauty and to share that time with You. Help us to always feel Your presence as we go through our days. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Beauty Around Us