It’s days like this I wish I was an artist. I am blessed to live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world – New Zealand. You don’t have to go very far around here before you are presented with a jaw dropping view. Even in the city!
I am doubly blessed because I live just a stones throw from the beach, and out my window, every day I see water, sail boats, islands, and blue sky that stretches for miles.
So why am I telling you this?
Well, today is something really special. The scene is the same, but for some reason the light is perfect, the colours are vivid, the islands look like I could touch them, and it is peaceful.
Everything is still; even the cars passing in the street seem to be running on quiet juice. If I could paint it, I would. I can’t, so I will do the next best thing and photograph it.
Today I feel strength from the beauty before me. I give thanks to a God who is an artist, in physical things as well as spiritual things.
It makes me think of the words of Elder Uchtdorf, when he spoke to the women of the church in October 2011,
…don’t close your eyes and hearts to the simple and elegant beauties of each day’s ordinary moments that make up a rich, well-lived life…discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments.
We may not be able to have everything we want, when we want it, and how we want it, but we can be reminded of those things that the Lord has given us each day by reflecting on the beauties around us.
My view of today, which is really no different to yesterday, is enhanced because I have sought it by opening my eyes and heart to the simple and elegant beauties around me.
Our Saviour taught this simple truth when he said,
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin… Matthew 6:28
For Elder Uchtdorf it took a tiny, insignificant flower to remind him of the simple and elegant beauties around him.
For me it was recognising the extra colour and vibrancy in a scene that I experience every day.
What is it that helps you discover these beauties in your day?