This year I am trying to explore more. I want to be more open to exploration and adventure and seeking and seeing. I want to try things and see things from a new perspective. I want to explore with an open mind and a willing heart.
Life is more interesting when I am willing to explore a bit. Even just a little bit of exploring makes life so much more interesting.
I don’t want to become one of those folks who gets stuck in a rut. I don’t want to come to the end of my earthly life and have spent all of my free-time watching television and sitting on the couch. Although knitting and reading are delightful!
And I really and truly do understand staying on the couch. Couch sitting has delights all its own. Believe me – I understand the great and glorious appeal of the couch. (The fatigue I am battling these days thanks to the autoimmune disease I live with makes me so – so tired.) Believe me – I understand the appeal of the couch!
It is easy to get stuck when your world gets smaller. And for so many of us – we have needed to pull in this year. We have needed to stay closer to home thanks to Covid-19. We haven’t been as “out there” as we have been in previous years. We have also seen far – far fewer other people.
This is the wise and gracious course of action. This has protected ourselves and others while we waited for the blessed protection granted by our vaccinations. This has been one important way we have answered Saint Paul’s call to us to work for the greater good of all of humanity.
“So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.” – Galatians 6:10
Most of us have stayed closer to home this year and likely will for a bit. Thanks to all of this extra time at home for most of us – home has likely started to feel so very – very familiar. Home can feel so familiar that we stop even seeing it! After all – we see our homes all of the time. We have been there and seen that over and over and over again so we tend to become blind to its beauty and its blessings.
But I have found again and again – you don’t need to set forth to exotic destinations to have great adventures. Although – I am dreaming of the forests and Mayan ruins of Mexico . . . (Oops – I digressed again!) All you need is an open mind and a willing heart. Seriously – I am not kidding. An open mind – a willing heart and perhaps a spirit of adventure are all you need to go exploring and to make amazing discoveries.
Just last week I had a wonderful adventure in my very own yard thanks to Jack. Jack was out on a biking adventure of his own when he sent me a text. It was simple. “You need to get outside. You will love it out here.”
Oh how well our oldest son knows me! That was all the temptation I needed. Before you could say – “yarn sale” – I threw on some shoes and headed outside. There I was met by the most glorious sunset on the western horizon.
And to the east – the moon was just plain gorgeous.
I was transfixed and in awe of the beauty that filled the evening sky. I wandered and watched and noticed how the sky changed as the sun continued to set.
I listened as some of our neighbors also noticed the glorious sunset and beautiful rising moon. And I delighted in their reactions and their oohs and aahs! It was so much fun to hear their delight and awe. They were delightfully delighted. I absolutely loved hearing their joy!
As I explored I caught the sunset from a different perspective that evening. I often watch the sunset appear as I clean up the dinner dishes out of our kitchen window. That evening I saw the sunset reflected in the kitchen window. It brought a smile to my face to see the sunset from a different point of view.
I did not go far. In fact – I didn’t even leave our cul-de-sac for this adventure – but I did have a wonderful adventure. I saw incredible beauty. I delighted in God’s blessings. I felt awe and wonder. I was reminded of God’s presence in our lives. I saw my life from a slightly different perspective. I was blessed as I explored.
I encourage you to give this a try. Try exploring with an open mind and a willing heart. Try exploring just because it is fun. Trying seeking and seeing and looking. Give awe and wonder a try.
You don’t need to go far. Wonder and awe and beauty can be found right at home! Reminders of God’s presence are all around us.
You are all in my heart – thoughts and prayers.
In Christ and with Love –