As I’m reading through Laurie Bestvater’s The Living Page: Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason, I was struck by this quote from Brazilian author Paulo Coelho:
You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one; each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.
I’ve been in a funk lately. People I love are sick and struggling. Plans and dreams continue to go awry. Raising children is wearying. Life is tough. And if I’m not careful, I start to see each day as a continuation of the last. Days start to blend together so that Monday resembles Tuesday and Wednesday looks an awful lot like Thursday. The same mess, the same problems, the same sins.
But when I intentionally contemplate each day as a gift from God, then I can see many “miracles” that I otherwise wouldn’t see at all because I’m just going through the motions. Those miracles may not be supernatural, but they feel us with awe and point us once again to our Father who loves His children and wants the best for us.
Yet to see those miracles, we have to look. We have to slow down, set down our phones, move away from the TV or computer, and we have to really pay attention. It isn’t easy. But we have a choice: we can choose to see each new day as a gift from God filled with beauty and wonder or we can simply go through the motions of life, doing what needs to be done, and totally neglect to see the miracle of each day.
Time is flying by. Even though the days can feel oh so long, each day our children are getting one day closer to leaving home. Each day we’re one day closer to eternity. How will we respond?
I want to challenge us to look for the miracles today and each and every day. Jot them down. Share them on Facebook, with your husband or a friend. Pay attention. Turn off the TV or computer. Get our noses out of our phones. Be involved in the day. Commit to finding the wonder God wants us to see, and when you find it, thank Him for it. He loves you and He has so much He wants to show us if only we will open our eyes and look.
What miracles are you missing out on today? Might there be something God is trying to show you?