Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hey, did you notice that?

If you know me you may have noticed that when placed in certain situations I am not always the most observant person in the world. Truth be told, there are times when I am totally oblivious to what is going on around me (dependent on where I am,what I am doing, or who I am with). For the past day or two I have really been thinking about the dangers that can come about when I fail to take the time to notice what is going on around me. Of course some obvious dangers such as getting held up at gun point, lost without a GPS, or scammed have come to mind. In addition to the obvious dangers, in my reflection another danger has made itself strikingly clear!

I imagine that God probably sometimes would love to scream at us "Hey (insert your name here), did you notice that?" Sadly, many of would have to answer no.We all at times get caught up in the every day motions of life. We get consumed by our efforts to be successful, maintain healthy relationships, do well in school, move up on the job, seek out new opportunities, or simply just have a good time, so much so that we fail to notice all the ways in which God shows us his love.

Last week I was amazed at the beauty of the sun kissing the ocean each morning and the calmness of the sea at night. This past week on several occasions the perfect temperature and beauty of a summer night left me extremely calm. A couple a weeks ago after a workout in the park I spent a good amount of time watching a bird collecting grass, and twigs for a nest it was making right above me, and I was truly amazed at the detail and attention a little bird could give to one task. When I sit back and think about it on all these occasions God was showing me his love. God's power and love can be clearly seen in the beauty and precision of nature. If God is so precise when it comes to things in nature, just imagine how precise he can be in our lives. God shows us his love in so many, but we can miss them if we fail to take notice.

I don't even want to know how many times I have failed to recognize the times when God placed things in my life to simply to remind me of his love for me. I imagine that on several occasions he has screamed " Hey Tasha, did you notice that?". I bet if I was a little more observant I would begin to see God's love in so many different ways, and in turn begin to understand just a little more the extent of his love and greatness. I don't know about you, but I find comfort in the fact that I serve a God who shows me his love in so many ways on a daily basis even when I am so caught up with all the other things going in my life.

As I take the time to become more aware of the many ways in which God shows his love to me, I urge you to do the same. I am going to make an assumption and say that what we observe will amaze us, and at times leave us speechless!

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