Sometimes we don’t have to travel far at all to see the wonder of the world.
It’s right here, on our doorstep.
Well within our vision.
There is beauty in the everyday.
Cause to celebrate the commonplace.
Eyes enhanced by grace see more than meets the eye.
Blessings abounding for the discerning.
We learn to marry the marvellous with the mundane.
I have had my eyes opened to enchantment.
My soul woken to the wonder woven through each day.
Being housebound means that each opportunity and ability to leave the confines of four walls is reason to rejoice.
Yes, even in a hospital waiting room, a trip to the doctor or the dentist! Surprising encounters can lift our days if we look for them.
I record #beautyintheeveryday on my Instagram feed as memory markers for darker, gloomier days.
All around we are offered opportunities to see life and to see it whole, to witness the outpouring of God’s goodness, glory and grace.
A short journey gives me a chance to see abundance of new life as sap rises in Spring, sultry, hazy, lazy days of Summer unfold, Autumn reveals her golden-clothed splendour, and Winter creeps its silvery, icy fingers on the land.
The poem below is celebrating my brief trips out in recent months, with a wistful looking forward to future ones.
I didn’t travel far
beyond my front door
Just sitting in the car
delighting in the things I saw
Landscapes, clouds and sky
spoke out God’s beauty
to me as I watched
and sighed. And trees
bloomed fresh and green
then shed their coat of leaves
in russet-gold of varied hues
midst fluffy-white and cobalt-blue
I didn’t get to see
or smell the salt-tanged air
of sea, or watch as
waves rose and fell
upon the sand
Though my heart desires
to see the coast
and ponder on eternity
as life swells forth
in ebbs and tides
amongst the surf