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This blog is a digital blessing bowl, a place to record the small blessings that are often missed or forgotten but which make life holy. Feel free to add your own blessings to my blessing bowl. Or perhaps you'll be encouraged to start your own.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

In the midst of our ugliness


A few weeks ago I was visiting with a friend in the cafe of our local book store.  Looking out the window I saw a glorious sunset and couldn't resist going outside to take a picture with my cell phone (the only camera I had with me).  At the time all I could think was how I wished the cars, the parking lot, the neon signs, and the utility poles weren't sharing the scene with the sunset.
Often on my way to or from work I am so moved by the beauty of the sun and the clouds that I want to stop the car and gaze on it without distraction.  Even if I could stop, there would almost always be distraction in the form of our man-made landscape.
It was like that this morning - glorious skies, the light of fall that I can't begin to describe.  I wanted to take a photo but couldn't frame it without including utility poles.  I remembered this photo from the evening at the book store and my disappointment that it included all that commercial property.  I pulled it up on my phone and gave it another look.
That's when I realized that I had been blind to the true beauty of both of the scenes.
What did I see that I hadn't noticed before?  I saw God's glory in the midst of our ugliness - not isolated from it.  I was reminded that God is always "in the picture", even when we have focused on something else.

2 comments:

Donna said...

So true Ginny...I often want to stop on the highway and take pictures...I think I may start with caution of course...but I want to capture some of that beauty to remind me!! Lovely post

FlowerLady said...

Wonderful post, in picture and word.

FlowerLady