Monthly Archives: November 2011

Marbles in the washing machine and other rare beauties…


You’ve heard it said, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”  I certainly understand the point. However, I’ve been thinking there might be another way to look at it.

It’s true.  I look at sunsets, beaches, children, material, a great book, fashion, marbles in the washing machine from active boys’ jean pockets, mismatched socks, a meal made by someone else, thought provoking teaching, my pastor-husband studying, and a multitude of other life-sites and I see beauty.  But, there is a lot I miss as I turn away and dismiss certain experiences and visions that in my estimation lack beauty.

Isn’t there beauty in all that’s created?  Isn’t there beauty in all that’s experienced?  I have a hunch maybe so…

It’s in community we learn to appreciate the beauty in all that is.  Others show us the grandeur through their eyes and they teach us to appreciate.  My friend in NY has taught me, a country girl, to appreciate the eclectic life in her big city, the joy of differences, and the challenge and pleasure of living for a different purpose than those around her.  My uncle, the farmer, taught me to love rain and thank God for the gift. Our sons have taught me to love deeply, even when it’s not easy.

When I pull away, reserve energy for myself, forget to touch and be touched by others, then I forfiet a truly beautiful life.

A lane, a path, a trail….we’re all headed somewhere.


In the car, creeping along in bumper to bumper traffic, I wonder, “Where is everybody going?”  The man on his phone in the BMW next to me, the mom and young kids I see in my rearview mirror, and the utility truck driver in front of me…where are they headed?  What about myself…I pondered….where am I headed?  The question became more existential.  Each person is headed somewhere to accomplish certain things in life, build relationships, face fears, build hopes.  And getting there takes one step at a time. One small decision, then the next, then another…

hmmmm….small decisions….what ones had I made today?  I decided to get out of bed on time, see the boys and pastor hubby off, start the laundry and sit down to spend time in God’s word.  But then I decided to answer the phone and chit chat for a while.  My quiet time went south.  For a little while I decided to wallow in self-pity and believe the lies the evil one fed me.  Then there was that decision to eat the cookies…..hmmm, looking back I realized I made some missteps.  I called my friend to encourage her, I greeted my husband with a hug and a listening ear, I patiently helped with 6th grade math (which I already don’t understand!!).  So, there were some good calls too.  Based on decisions today, where am I headed?  Is it to a place I want to be, a person I want to become?  How will my evaluation of this day aid me in my tomorrow?  Are there a few sure decisions I’d like to see in every step, every day?  Those would be decisions based on all that I value most in life.  And, what do I do when I feel like i’m walking blind or took a wrong turn?  One thing I know, no matter how rough the road is, how far from our dreams we travel, the number of regrets we carry, or how deep the valleys..we’ve gotta keep on walking and keep on looking to the Path Maker.  Keep the faith:

“All the way my Savior leads me,

and cheers each winding path I tread,

gives me grace for every trial

feeds me with the  living bread”

–written by Fanny Crosby, blind since childhood

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The path I'm on

The path I dream of