How closely are you looking?
How many things do you not see? What about that fly that just landed on your shoe? What about the bird that’s building a house on your house? What about ultraviolet light waves and sound waves and radio waves? What about a man reading a book in France?
You miss a lot. Sometimes you’re too far away. Sometimes you’re eyes just aren’t strong enough. Sometimes (all the time) you’re not God.
Sometimes you’re just not looking.
And I get it. You’re moving fast today—doing laundry, letting the dog out (3 times), clearing off all the red bubbles on the apps in your phone, thinking of others, thinking of yourself, trying to not think of yourself (exhausting). Life is busy, busyness is life. It’s October already (how??). I get it.
But you’re still missing things.
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Today I read Hebrews 9, a beautiful passage about God doing away with the old and redeeming us with the New. And in verses 3-4, it says, “Behind the second curtain was a second section called the Most Holy Place, having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant.” Back up… Aaron’s staff that budded. Picture that for a second. A dead stick—dead for years—suddenly grows flowers and “not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds.” The dead stick grew almonds? It’s incredible, beautiful, unbelievable.
It’s a miracle. And how often have you thought of that miracle? How often have you noticed, been in awe of it?
How many other miracles are you missing? The small but maybe the most lovely? The ones with the flowers?
I’m gonna go ahead and tell you: a lot. You’re missing a lot (I am too). But it’s ok. We always get chances to look again—that’s God’s mercy. And there are always new miracles every day—that’s God’s grace.
Just take it one step at a time: look closely today. Look at the sky, look at your loved ones, look at the way traffic flows with only white paint to divide us and the Chick-fil-A line moves fast and your eyes work and your brain works and sweat cools you off and socks warm you up. Look at that word spoken to you at the perfect moment and that catching of someone’s eye across the room that makes you laugh.
There are budding staffs around us all day every day. And sometimes I think God doesn’t mean for us to see them—some invisible miracles He sends because He just loves us for the sake of loving us. But sometimes He sends the small miracles for your eyes to see, your ears to listen, your heart to wonder.
So see them today, just today, and let tomorrow worry about itself.
“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.” That’s not depressing, it’s life-giving. Life-magnifying, actually. Look around. Notice everything, and take none of it lightly. The flowers are meant to be seen.