Welcome to the little winter village of this post!
A few months back when my family visited my grandparent’s house for Christmas, I was inspired to snap a few pictures of these cheery, winter decorations. And now knowing that winter will soon be slipping away, I have finally gotten around and to working on this post.
A rough brown door. A tree with a fir, snow-trimmed coat. A barrel peeking around the corner.
There’s just something about details, don’t you think? Lately I’ve been finding great joy at noticing them. There’s something about stopping for a moment, looking around, and smiling because of all the little things peeping out at me.
And in many ways I feel like wherever I go God is opening my eyes to precious, tiny things.
From cheery colors to a gentle breeze to the wagging tail of a happy puppy, God is reminding me just how much good He put in this world.
Sometimes it seems like the world is so cold and snowy that I forget to lean in and enjoy the sparkles of each, individual snowflake.
But when I do I couldn’t be more blessed.
After all God has made such a beautiful world and its ultimate purpose it to praise Him! So when I lean in and look at it, God is delighted because I’m in awe of His glorious works.
Every time I peer in close to see God’s goodness or sit back to relax and enjoy each moment, I am blessed.
Because seeking God’s goodness and just enjoying each moment gives me a good view on life. If I’m always trying to work harder, get things done quicker, and am just focusing on the big picture of life, I miss so much.
But these up close, rather view-limiting pictures are reminding me that life doesn’t happen all at once. (Thank goodness right?! 😉 )It’s not all a big picture. Life comes in days, hours, and seconds. So I’m supposed to relax and view each little thing. Live each second. Enjoy each good thing. And quit worrying about the future. The big picture will come out when it’s time to.
The Trash Cans of Life.
As I’m writing this I’m chuckling at my surroundings. Inspired by the thought of enjoying each moment, I leaned back in my chair and took a long look around. And had to laugh.
I am seated beside a smelly trash can! I moved it to my desk for a previous craft project and it’s not the most pleasant company. But it is making me think. Not all moments are happy, sparkly good times. Some moments are smelly and honestly not at all fun. And most of the time the bad moments seem pretty big. (My trash can is big and black.)
But when I lift my eyes up above that trash can, I see the little things I should be looking at. A cozy basement. A stack of books that I love. One of my favorite shirts. A jar of peanut butter. (I love peanut butter.)
When I focus on the big, black trash cans of life I miss the tiny, precious jewels of life. And I can assure you most certainly which one I’d rather be focused on!
So I’m seeking to see the good things God has filled my life with.
And I’m plugging my nose at Satan’s smelly trash cans ’cause even when things aren’t going how I want, God has filled my life with plenty of good things to focus on instead.
And I’m ever so thankful for those many, precious blessings He has scattered through the moments of my life.
The God of the Good Things . . .
So as I end this post on good things I want to remind you that God is working in your life, in both little and big ways. And God has put good things all throughout your life because, after all, He is making your life into something wonderful.
In the end all the little moments will be added together to make a big picture that God destined from day one. God alwasy has something big planned. But, being God, He can get it done using tiny things. So don’t be afraid of small, seemingly meaningless moments. He has a plan for everyone.
So sit back. Enjoy the view. And thank your Creator for five, little, good things you see around you.
I’ll get you started . . .
#2 The Sky.
#3 My People.
#4 Laundry Racks.
#5 And Peanut Butter. (Of course!)
You take it from here. Find five good things. Enjoy them. And remember that the God of unique, tiny things is the God whose writing out your life. And while you’re thinking on God’s plan, lean in to get a closer look at each second of His plan for you! The intricate, interwoven detail is amazing. And it’s well worth the effort to see!