Still, the stress and the rat-race feeling are not the point of this post. The point is that after all of it, when I felt tired and run-down and ill-prepared for a Tuesday, God reminded me that all of these are just details in a day. While focusing on those details, I failed to notice the sweet ones He provided as well.
Last year, I read a book titled One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. It is a profound text that I recommend reading to every woman I know. Today, as I stood over the sink washing the fresh stock of fruits and vegetables I bought at the grocery store on the way home (one of the after-school errands I was less than enthusiastic about handling after one of those days) I was struck by the unusually bright colors before me. I know this sounds incredibly foolish, but those strawberries were just a particularly pretty red today. Then I noticed a fresh handful of daisy wildflowers, which my husband picked and placed in a vase on the sink for me this afternoon. In all of the simple beauty of those little things, I was reminded of the lessons I learned from that book a year ago. Voskamp writes about the countless gifts with which God graces our lives daily; so many of those just go unnoticed because we are too self-absorbed, or stressed, or hurried, or tired to take notice of them. However, if we can somehow focus our eyesight on those little gifts, it gives us sure reason to "make every moment a cathedral giving glory" to the Creator who gave us those moments in the first place.
It's a humbling moment when you realize that sometimes God has to use fruit to speak to you.
I wanted to share this, because today I really needed that reminder to stop and actually take in those moments in which I feel so frantic. Those moments are touched by grace, should we be so fortunate as to notice it.
"As long as there is a God in heaven, there is grace on Earth..." ~A. Voskamp