Monday, November 12, 2007

Stargazing



We arrived home after church last Wednesday night. The speaker taught about prayer and specifically about seeing God in the small moments of our lives. We did an exercise where we meditated on a grape- an actual grape. We felt it, smelled it, tasted it and then meditated on what God might want to impress upon us through that moment of appreciating something He created. It was about slooowwwwing down and looking at the good things of life- really looking. Good stuff.

So we're getting the boys out of the van, thinking about hurrying them into bed since it's past their bedtimes, and they're taking their sweet time of course. Eric and I finally wrestle Isaiah out of the driver's seat and join Micah and Elijah at the front door, and what are they doing? They both have their little heads thrown back, their mouths wide open and they're gazing up at the clear, night sky. Isaiah, of course, joins his brothers, and Eric and I stop and look at each other smiling. Our rushing ceases. We join our boys in stargazing, slowwwing down enough to enjoy the really good stuff. :) What good things of life have you noticed this week?

2 comments:

Jess said...

So awesome that you stopped for that! We've been slowing down too and taking notice of all God's little gifts to us that we so often hurry by. Saturday morning I walked Garrett to the mens breakfast and on my way home as I walked through the back yard, I thought I heard footsteps in the woods to my left. I looked over expecting to see a squirrel or some other animal, but to my surprise, it was the frost covered leaves falling out of the trees hitting branches on the way down. I then noticed the same crisp sound to my right. It was a moment of peace and praise for God's kingdom all around me.

Kim and Joel said...

I looked out my front window this morning and noticed the most amazing fall leaves ever with the sun shining through them and the wind blowing them. It was beautiful!
What a great reminder from the boys.

Simile Metaphor Collection

Elijah after running: My heart is beating like a coconut rolling down a hill.
Elijah on urination: Pee is like horses galloping out of the gate. Once they get started you just can't stop them.
Elijah: If school were a human I'd give it a wedgie.
Elijah: I am like a hot rod and I just want to be a plain old Ford
Elijah on the fruits of the spirit: I've got them all covered except self-control. Its like a tiny green tomato and the rest are all big ripe ones. Especially love. Its like the biggest tomato we saw in the garden tonight.