Taking Time to Really See

by Jonni Sliver

So I was driving from Springfield, Mo. to Hannibal, Mo. and I’m afraid I might have been a bit of a road hazard –the scenery was totally distracting! Even on the interstate the road turned and curved, was uphill and down. I was surrounded by what looked like a dense forest, but the road itself was cut out from granite and amazing stone walls occasionally lined the interstate, other times the rock jutted out , in rugged beauty. As I was driving, a song was playing on the radio and the chorus was:

“You’re the reason for every good thing, every heartbeat, every day we get to breathe, You’re the reason.”

The song seemed so appropriate and it made me think about how many good things we see so often that we don’t notice them anymore. The people who drive on the I-44 every day outside of Springfield probably don’t consciously see the rock formations or the sea of trees anymore. But for a visitor, new to the Ozarks, it is amazing!

I had a similar experience less than a week ago, but in a totally different setting. I stopped at a farm in Randall, Iowa because it had the prettiest barn. Yes, driving down a county road I saw a really pretty barn. If you live on a county road in Iowa (rural Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin or a lot of other places) you see so many barns on an average day you might be surprised that one stands out from another. I know the sweet young lady that came out of the house when I stopped in her drive way seemed a bit confused. But barns are not part of my day to day landscape and this one stood out to me.

It strikes me that God has surrounded us with so many “good things”, special, precious things to bless our hearts, but we get so used to them we don’t see them anymore, and we miss the joy.

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”  Psalm 19:1  (ESV)

All around us, all the time God has something prepared to remind us of His great love. Take a minute to really see what is around you today!

Praying for Your Pastor – Day 24

Pray that God will give your pastor a clear, biblical vision of what your church can be
and should be for His glory, and that he will communicate that vision clearly and confidently to the church.

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained,
But happy is he who keeps the law.  Prov 29:18

You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.  John 15:16

Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.  John 17:17

Taken from Revive Our Hearts