Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lean Into the Moment


We just about missed a full blown million dollar sunset last night.

Just because we were in a hurry.

There was nowhere urgent to go.  We just didn't choose to be still.  To lean into the moment.  And so we drove off after just a brief glance at the bayside horizon, not truly soaking in the majesty of late winter's deeply overcast skies with their tinge of pink and slightest tint of orange glowing dull on the far off edge of the gray sea edged in slushy white snow.

Fifteen minutes later we glanced back toward the west.  We could no longer see the horizon's edge.  But we were simply astounded at the view of a radically changed vista, a glimpse of a red hot orb of setting sun, the sky now splayed with a riot of vibrant streaks of pink and gold and orange and blue.  Radiating glory as far as the eye could see.

God's awesome wondrous creation.

I wish we had just sat still to begin with and watched the majestic display unfold.  Instead of forging on to our next destination.

Note to self - Don't be in such a rush.  Sit quietly.  Be present in this very moment.  Pause long enough to truly appreciate nature's grand panoply unfurling right in front of your eyes. 

And for heaven's sake, be sure you keep your camera in the car.

 
> a summer photo by my favorite Macedonian novice
 
> sharing life with Kristen  .  Lyli  .  Wanda  .  Elizabeth


18 comments:

  1. haha. Smiling over the "be sure to keep the camera in the car." In my small group we've been talking a lot about God's creation. It really is amazing.
    Much love to you.

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    1. I almost always keep the camera in the car when we're at the Cape. There are beautiful surprises around every corner and I sure love trying to capture just a piece of God's creation ...

      ;-}

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  2. I do not think that I have ever seen a sunset so magnificent, although I do not know if I actually saw the sun. The sky was so brilliant that it almost looked like it was on fire - the colors were absolutely beyond words and the entire sky was colored. It all happened so quickly and with my great gift of words, I called it "sky-blue pink" and that is what I had called it when I was growing up. Of course, your exquisite words painted such a special and magnificent description of God's handiwork. There was a photo in the newspaper today but it certainly doesn't show the wide-spread colors. Even if you had had your camera with you, it just could not have captured the majesty.

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    1. Well, dear readers, looks like my mama was savoring the same magnificent vista, even though she lives 35 minutes away. What else can I say? In my half century of spending time at the Cape, I'm fairly sure that last night's glory was the most brilliant I've ever seen. Thanks, Mom, for backing me up on this!

      I love you! And again, HAPPY 84th BIRTHDAY!

      ;-}

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  3. My husband and I often take a few moments in the evening to view the sunset from our kitchen window. It is important to stop and savor. xo

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    1. Important lesson learned this week ...

      ;-}

      Thanks for starting your Wednesday with me, Nancy!

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  4. Absolutely right. There are so many moments that we can never get back, moments we rush past in pursuit of worldly gain, or to fulfill the "what we SHOULD do" obligations to a world that really doesn't care.

    Things like a puppy that wants to play, or a spouse whose hand is extended to hold. Or a sunset.

    I've missed too many of those. And I remember them

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2014/03/forgiving-your-mate.html

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    1. And the remembering, the lessons, open us up to wiser choices with how to invest our very limited time and energy. Thank you, Andrew. You surely add to the conversation here.

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  5. Nothing pleases me more when I'm petting a beloved animal, for her to "lean into" my hands and soak up the love. I wonder if God feels the same when we lean into His moments?

    Lovely piece, beautiful heart.

    Thank you,
    HBHW

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    1. A lovely image you have painted with your pen this evening, HBHW ...to feel safe enough to lean in, lean on, soak up. Beautiful. And oh so needed, yes?

      Blessings ...

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  6. I am learning to "lean in" to whatever God has for me. To not hold back. Thank you for your words about missing moments to lean in to especially the wonder of His creation.

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    1. For sure, we're all in that learning curve, Linda! Thanks for stopping in to visit tonight! I so appreciate that you're here ...

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  7. I'll never know how much I've missed because I've so often been in a hurry. This is a sobering post, Linda. Thank you though for reminding me to slow down. Pause and appreciate! And keep my camera handy. :)

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  8. Wow. You said it all in that first line, Lisa. Profound and wise, your words, my friend. I thank you for sharing them in this space ...

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  9. Oh can't tell you how many times I wished I remembered to bring or get out my camera. Slow down and be fully present in the moment is a lesson I think many of us can stand to reminded of often. We place so much value on being busy these days that we often miss much.

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    1. Ain't that the truth. Oh to be in this very moment, right here, right now.

      Thanks for coming by this afternoon, Wanda. It's been good to meet you this weekend!

      ;-}

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  10. What a beautiful description of the sunset! I'm glad that you were able to enjoy some of it. I just wrote a post this week about living a quiet life and this is part of it-time to enjoy God's creation!

    Thank you so much for linking up last Friday at Beauty Observed. I hope you'll come back this week!

    Fondly,
    Elizabeth

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    1. Looks like our hearts are tracking in the same direction, Elizabeth! It's been good to meet you this week ...

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Linda

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