I left work this afternoon, the downtown metropolis of Roanoke, VA. There were two people standing on the sidewalk- fully embraced and kissing. I noticed immediately all their worldly possessions in a shopping cart next to them. Heads greatly in need of shampooing, bodies showering. Neither was attractive to look at. I'll admit, I was a bit repulsed at first. EEEEWWWW! That's when the title question popped into my mind.
I know how shallow this makes me sound, so as I was mulling over my horrid thoughts, I heard it. The still small voice of God whispering to me. "They are looking past the ugly. That's what I do for you everyday. Lest you forget, you aren't too lovely to look at either. I look past you and see my Son! I don't see your ugly, and you shouldn't see ugly either. Look past it"
I guess that is what I am attempting to do when I seek things to be thankful for. Most days, my life is full of ugly. Tantrums and tears, people needing more of me that I have to give. My heart breaking off in pieces like a puzzle. Looking in the mirror and being repulsed by what stares back at me. The news of the day.
And, I wonder why? Why does God continue to bring people into our lives who seem to be doomed to live smack-dab in the middle of ugly.
I can't get caught up in the ugly- I have to look past it. It's easier said than done, isn't it? But that is what God does for us, and we are called to be God-followers. The ugly is still there, but we don't see it first, we can see past it, and that's where we continue to find reasons to be thankful.
1000 Gifts #358-375
- watching Dakota eat her first HOT Krispy Kreme Donut
- hearing I luv you, whispered in a 5 yr old sleepiness in the night
- Dakota's laugh, it's infectious
- tan lines on beautiful brown skin
- a pinkie promise to wave at the window
- Pre-School graduation
- Isaiah whispering to his monkey as he fell asleep... "I had a good day today, graduation was fun"
- opportunity's to encourage people new in my life
- laughter- silly, goofy, no specific reason laughter
- cup holders in the van
- manicured fingers in the dirt, preparing for pretty flowers
- trusting in God's sovereignty
- a catch-up lunch with Amy
- big boy accomplishments taught by a patient big brother-learning to tie his own shoes
- Mommy's day girl talk with two women I cherish
- the potential of loving another son, and God's timing and wisdom that we aren't
- trust of my teenage son in me, to be honest about his thoughts
- Kindergarten lines remembered, nervous and all
What 'ya thankful for?
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