We’ve all heard sayings like, “Take time to stop and smell the roses.” I remember in a Beth Moore Bible study when she talked about saying something like, “Look at the beautiful sky God painted for us,” to point out to children creation and reinforce who created the sky. I remember when David was serving in Kuwait and I would listen to the weepy, cheesy, love radio show by Delilah where callers request songs to the one they love. It never failed someone would request the song, Somewhere Out There. The chorus says,
“And even though I know how very far apart we are
It helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star
And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby
It helps to think we’re sleeping underneath the same big sky”
Even in this song it talks about how the sky is the same even when you are far apart from those you love. I have bouts of homesickness. Sometimes it’s overwhelming and seeing a picture or reading a Facebook post or hearing a voice or wanting convenience can make tears flow. Over the past five years, I’ve thought about that song. There have been times when I have to remind myself that God’s creation is all around me wherever I go, He’s always with me wherever I go and that’s comforting. There are times I need to be reminded to stop and take in His creation, like to stop and smell the roses. While I was transplanting a seedling in our backyard, I saw this in the midst of the caladium. Caladium is part of the lily family, so it makes sense that a lily was emerging, however, this was the first time I saw this happening in the caladium and was reminded of the amazing creation I’m surrounded by daily – the sky both night & day, the downpour of rain, the plants around me, even the unique insects and enormous snails.