Beauty

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The amazing thing is…..these flowers would have blossomed  whether or not I snapped this photo.  The beauty that we see in nature is there, whether we are present to look at it or not.  It makes me wonder ‘why?’  There is no doubt that God gives us this loveliness for us to enjoy it.  Who is not lifted up by an amazing sunset or a blooming garden?

But there is much beauty in the world that exists whether or not we lay eyes on it.  Think about the wildflowers that bloom on the mountaintops, or the glorious blooms of the rainforest.  Perhaps they exist for God’s very own pleasure.  Perhaps they have such beauty inside that they can’t contain it.  They burst forth with the energy of love.

It makes me think about my actions and the motives behind them.  How often do I want to be acknowledged for the good I do, the beauty I share.  Did anyone notice?  Did you see? I did a really good thing here……

“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light…. ” Luke 8:16

If I am living my ‘true self,’ then my light has to shine, whether people notice or not.  Just as the flower has to bloom because of the beauty within the bud, I have to love because of the Divine who dwells within me.

“…do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, … ” Matt 6:3

My prayer is that I can let my light shine, even when no one is around to see it.  

Just another gentle teaching from nature….

 

Ever Been There?

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It has been said that a thin place is a place where the boundary between heaven and earth is especially thin. It’s a place where we can sense the divine more readily.

I was fascinated by this definition when I first heard of it, because you see, I have experienced these ‘thin places.’  I think we all have. I can think of sacred places where I have been where I knew that there was much more there than can be seen with the eyes.

They don’t necessarily have to be churches, and if we were all truly aware and in the present moment, everywhere would be a thin place because all is sacred.

It doesn’t even have to be a place, it can be a moment, a glance, a quiet inner voice.

But there have been times and places that have taken my breath away because of the presence of the Divine.

Thin Places – God is always reaching towards us, always creating thin places where we can meet him, touch him, feel him and inhale him……we only have to stop and allow God to occupy his dwelling place within.