Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Take Time To Smell the Roses

Last evening, I went over to a little park about a mile from our apartment. The weather was absolutely beautiful, there were ducks and geese swimming in the water and walking on the grass, everything looked so green, and there was even a couple getting their engagement pictures taken while I was there. I walked around for almost half an hour before heading home.
What I can't get over, though, is how beautiful everything was. I just don't understand people who sit in their house, watching tv, when they could be outside enjoying an amazing evening. Yet, I know that many people do. Many people go through life without stopping to smell the roses, as it were. People hurry from place to place, ignoring the beauty around them, and then one day, the business of their life ceases and they suddenly realize how much they've missed. As Christians, I believe that God wants us to take time to look at the beauty around us, to appreciate all the things He's created. How would you feel if you spent time making something incredibly beautiful and then the people you put there to enjoy it just ignored it instead?
Now, realistically, most people don't have the time to spend hours enjoying God's creation. But there are so many things that can be enjoyed in daily life if people would just pay attention to them. A sunrise, if you get up early enough. If not, there's always the sunset. A short walk in the evening, smelling the fresh air. Watching the rain gently fall. A rainbow, a flower blooming, a little child gazing in innocent wonderment at something, squirrels playing with each other, the sunlight shimmering on a pool of water. I could go on and on. These things can be enjoyed if only one would notice them. Life is so much more amazing when one takes the time to enjoy what's around them.

1 comment:

  1. One of the things I enjoy is listening to a rather gentle rain fall...no thunder or lightning displays...just a gentle rain. It's great!