awareness: noticing the marvellous in the mundane

“Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Awareness

 I might sense
 the slight tightening 
 of a stitch,

 an awareness
 of being hemmed in,
 then easily miss

 the way you weave
 your miracles
 in the mundane.

 Unless my eyes
 are open, noticing,
 ready for

 a surprise, prepared
 to watch and see
 what lies behind

 the ordinary,
 then I could glimpse
 the deftly woven

 warp and weft
 of your holy threads,
 your embroidering. 

 Although it is more
 than a visual
 response, more than

 a second glance
 required to 
 observe a sacred

 hand at work,
 a gentle touch
 igniting the humble
 soil of earth.

 Because you ask
 me to look 
 inwardly as well

 as outwardly,
 to catch the softest
 tread of your

 footsteps inside 
 my expectant heart
 as you walk,

 fill it with your love,
 your presence,
 and your thoughts. 
 © joylenton

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God… As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.” ― Anne Frank, The Diary of A Young Girl

Prayer

Loving Creator God,

We give you thanks and praise for creation’s stunning beauty and the soul soothing, calming effects it has on our minds and hearts. May we sense the safety of being hemmed in by your grace and love as we face tough situations and challenging circumstances. Help us to notice the way you skilfully weave the marvellous into the mundane for us to enjoy each day.. Heighten our awareness of being part of the miracle as we learn to appreciate these gifts to the full.
Amen

12 thoughts on “awareness: noticing the marvellous in the mundane

  1. Joy, what beautiful poetry and invitation to notice the beauty in the mundane. It’s so easy to rush past things in our haste to move on, but how much we miss when we don’t stop to be present in the moment. Thank you for your beautiful reminder. Blessings and love to you, dear sister! xoxo

    • Gayl, I need this reminder myself. Life’s numerous demands have a way of consuming our full attention if we let them. The act and art of pausing to write poetry helps me slow, look, and listen closely to the natural world around me. Mindfulness is an overused word but I think that its key concepts are helpful in a calming and sacred sense. I see you also notice beauty because it’s evident in your own poetry and prose, as well as your lovely photographs. Blessings and love to you, too, dear sister! xoxo 😊💟

    • Hello Christine, thank you for being here! I’m so glad the poetic imagery spoke to you. May you continue to be captivated and enthralled by the way God weaves His glory through the ordinary. Blessings and love! x ❤️🌺🙏🏻

  2. Joy: this is such a gift to read and sit with. Your words are so rich, so warm and such a balm to my heart.

    Oh may I keep seeing God’s grace and love in those uncomfortable places, hedging me in to bless me, to help me see with new eyes.

    That last part of your prayer had me in tears: to see ourselves as part of the miracle.

    Thank you for this great gift at the end of my day full of discomfort. You are His love and grace to me.

    • Anna, thank you for sitting with these words and letting them permeate your heart. Your response is a lovely gift of encouragement to me, thank you!

      Yes, it is hard to see ourselves as part of the miracle sometimes, but as co-heirs with Christ we have that great honour and privilege.

      I’m so sorry to hear that your day has been full of discomfort, but I’m glad to have been a means of blessing you through these words. You have so often been a means of Gods love and grace to me and many others.

      Your honesty helps pave the way for us to feel less alone with our own heartache and pain. May God lift and comfort you, dear friend, and reassure you of His unending mercy, love and grace. Tomorrow is a new day to start over again. Much love, hugs, and prayers. xo ❤️💜

    • Trudy, I know it’s a journey you are on as well. I love the beauty of creation which you share especially with your brother’s stunning photographs. May we keep encouraging one another to notice, and ask God to increase our desire and awareness. Love and blessings to you, too, dear friend! xo 💟🌺

  3. Dear Joy,
    Thank you for sharing words that again uncovered truth in my own heart. So often I find myself praying, Oh Lord open my eyes … and then I read your thoughts here:

    “Unless my eyes
    are open, noticing,
    ready for

    a surprise, prepared
    to watch and see
    what lies behind

    the ordinary,”

    Why do I so often need to ask for open eyes, except that my natural response is to clamp them shut, and say that I don’t want to see anymore, because I feel it is just all too hard to see. But then I miss the surprise and the beauty of what He has waiting behind. Thank you dear sister for your words that have come at just the right time, once again. Blessings, love, and hugs to you today. xoxo

    • Dear Bettie, with national and world events being what they are, it makes us want to shut our eyes or stop reading alarming and alarmist news reports, at least. It’s becoming “just all too hard to see” and I admit to feeling overwhelmed by it some days. But I’m also thankful that God encourages us to open our eyes to His mercy and grace, His beauty and wonders in the commonplace.

      You do notice those things because it’s apparent in the thoughts you share and words you write. We’re all liable to miss something because we’re only human, although I believe that if God intends us to pay attention then He makes sure that we’re looking and listening, and gives us the ability to receive. Then it becomes personal and magical all at once. I’m so glad these words have been timely for you, dear sister and precious friend. Sending blessings, love, hugs, and prayers. xoxo 💟

  4. As an embroiderer, I always enjoy these types of references to God and how He is weaving, stitching, unfolding our lives as a tapestry. One we often only see from the back, a distorted mirror, if you will. Your words here are a calming offering that embraces and draws us close to Him. Thank you, friend.

    • I love the weaving references to God as well, and the way He weaved my thoughts here into a poem. You’re right, June, we only see the background snarls and knots, the disjointed threads that look a mess. Yet God’s Word teaches and trains us to believe that God is weaving a beautiful tapestry out of them all. May that calming thought accompany and encourage you when you do your embroidery. Bless you, dear friend. x ❤️

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