I very rarely see the beautiful sunsets over the Keswick lake. Mostly, I see them when my co-workers post their glimpses of sunsets on Facebook or Instagram. The sunrises and sunsets that are captured are breathtaking and it is apparent that God’s handiwork is glorious. Too often I miss the works of God’s hands because I am otherwise occupied. We know we should stop and smell the roses but we really don’t take the time to do so on a regular basis. There are wonders to be seen if we take the time to look.
As I write this, I am reminded of something I learned from my High School art teacher. When he was critiquing some of my work he would turn my work upside down. He would look at it from every angle. He would step back and close one eye and extend his arm with pencil in hand and measure the dimensions of the object that I had created. He was taught to look at things differently and I learned much from him.
I wonder if you and I can look at things differently. What if we took a look at God’s great creation from different angles, to study, to really see not just to take a quick glance and walk away? Timothy Keller asks this in his devotion The Songs of Jesus, “Why do mountains and oceans, the sun and stars move us as deeply as great art? The answer is because they ARE great art.”
There’s a difference between hearing and listening and there is a difference between looking and seeing. I hope you might glimpse His glory in a sunrise or sunset, or, dare I say in a snow-covered tree or the design of the frost on your window. Open your eyes and marvel today!
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.