A way to see God by really looking

I have 5 minutes to write my thoughts on “Beauty”. The prompt is from Five Minute Fridays.

When I think of the word beauty I see all of God’s creation.

There is so much to see. I haven’t traveled the world much — I’ve been to Europe a few times, the Caribbean, and seen some of Canada and the US.

But I hadn’t really seen any of the beauty. I had to look for it.

During a challenge by Ann Voskamp back in 2012, I started a journal based on a book called One Thousand Gifts. I saw more of God’s beauty than I ever had before. But I had to look.

Looking isn’t easy in our busy lives, is it? We run from one activity to the next.

In this challenge, I took my camera with me almost every day and found pictures of things I was grateful for. And I did that until I reached 1000, but I couldn’t stop and I wrote them down until I hit 3000.

This exercise expanded my thinking and my viewpoint.

I looked at the tiniest flower to the largest trees. From the colours of sunsets to the shadows in the early light. From birds to deer.

Photo by Janis Cox
Photo by Janis Cox
Photo by Janis Cox
Deer in our field. Photo by Janis Cox

I know my pictures are scattered all over my computer. But they are not organized and very hard to locate what I want.

I think it’s time I do this again and classify them as I take them. I will choose a time to begin and start to collect my memories of my next 1000 Gifts.

Back in 2012 in every blog post, I would add the gifts from the week.

Today I see the beauty around me because Jesus opened my eyes to see.

Tim Hughes wrote Here I Am To Worship and these words always stick with me:

Light of the World
You stepped down into darkness
Open my eyes
Let me see
Beauty that made
This heart adore You

Hope of a life
Spent with You

It really was the beauty of Christ that made me decide to give my life to Him.

At that moment the whole word became alive. As I said in my children’s book, “The Kingdom of Thrim”:

“Colour covered everything.”

by Janis Cox from “The Kingdom of Thrim”

Time’s up. Join us and write for 5 minutes on Fridays.

This post is day 8 of a 30 day of a Medium writing challenge with Tom Kuegler. Check out his post about this challenge. My Powerful 1 Hour Routine for Quick Success on Medium.

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