Monthly Archives: March 2015

A Moment of Contemplation

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Last night as I was driving home, I was suddenly struck how interesting the moon looked. When we glance at the sky all we see is a yellow crescent. But on a clear day, if you really study the moon, you see the full shape of the orb hanging in the sky. You notice that the yellow sliver really is a reflection of an extremely bright light, and it is quite an interesting thought to know that there is a big sphere just floating out there, as if someone threw a ball into the sky and it just paused there. I couldn’t describe by emotion of sudden awe and wonder, you’ll just have to go look tonight and feel it yourself.

But how often do we look at something and really study it? How often do we work to let ourselves be enraptured in the beauty and marvel of God’s creation? There are so many weird and wonderful that we glance as if it was nothing. If a bee falls into water and you look closely, you see hundreds of tiny vibrations in the water from its flapping wings that buzz faster then lightning, have you ever looked that close? If you look at a normal grey rock you can find on your driveway, you’ll notice it has tiny reflective spots like crystal and hues of pink and yellow streaking through it. They look so beautiful up close, but you wouldn’t know if you lonely glanced at your boring grey driveway. Have you ever noticed then when you lay really still and looked down at your chest you can actually see the pump of your heart beat lifting your chest?

There are so many things we miss when we don’t take the time to look for them. Things that were never special before become amazing when you look closely. David knew the value of this, and marveled at God’s creation. Read for yourself Psalm 8 and 19 and notice how he does this. Sometimes it’s a little hard to start doing this, so here is a weekly challenge to help! Study the world, and even record your discoveries, whether by journal, sketching or photography.

Day 1 – Compare your writing to a friend’s. Look at the way you write different letters. For example look at an ‘a’ she has written compared to one you have written! Notice the vast differences in the way you flick a ‘j’ or write a ‘k’. 

Day 2 – When you bite into a fruit or especially eat an orange, notice how the fruit is made of tiny little granules, try to take out one of the granules of an orange or mandarine.

 Day 3 – Look at a phone, TV or computer screen that is on. You can see the thousands of tiny squares that make up the images on them.

 Day 4 – If you have a pet look at its fur (or someone’s hair if you don’t) notice all the different shades and colours, spots and stripes. It’s amazing to see all these different colours coming out of the same place! How does one stripe of colour go down a dog’s nose?

 Day 5 – Go to your mother’s pantry and smell all the different herbs, most of them look very similar but it is interesting to notice the very distinct and different smells. To make it an even greater challenge try to memorise what smells come from the different herbs and spices.

Day 6 – Look into your closet and take a close look at some items of clothing, look at the tiny fibres and how different they are, feel the difference between various materials.

Day 7 – Look at the clouds. Notice the details and the shapes they create, notice how they create shadows in themselves and how the sun reflects of them, also keep a special look out for early morning or late afternoon sun beams splitting through the clouds.

Elaine x

Finding Contentment

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Tears stream down your face; or maybe just in your heart. You are unhappy, upset and feel as though life couldn’t get any worse. You feel down, you feel jealous; nothing seems to take that haunting feeling away. That feeling of discontent.

The reality is, in this day and age we are taught to want, want, want; but we need to be happy with what we have. Sometimes it can be easy to say we are content because we have all the physical objects we need or want. That we have taught ourselves to be happy with the things we have. But contentment goes much further than material goods. All to often we struggle with comparing our lives to that of another person,; a friend, sibling, celebrity. Saying or thinking things like if only I had her personality I would be happy or if only I had a boyfriend like hers I would enjoy life or when I have a job like hers I might be content. We need to remember that God has granted and blessed us with this life and we need to be thankful for the situation he has given us.

We need to remember 2 things; first, each situation has a struggle, there is no person who has a perfect life, which is the reality of living in a sinful world. Second, when we get that situation, that job, that boyfriend, life won’t feel better; we will still feel discontent because we constantly want more. So instead of wanting more, we need to be grateful for what we have and thank God for that everyday; no situation will bring more joy than a relationship with God, so strive for that rather than constantly wanting things we do not have.

There is no fix to this, no technique to try or medicine to take; it still won’t go away. It’s like an addiction, we will constantly struggle and fight for the rest of our lives. But in God’s mercy we can come to Him and ask for help, ask for forgiveness and comfort and strength. And know that in God’s time, He will grant you what He has planned for you, be it the job He designed for you, the boy He set for you to marry, or what ever you hope and dream about. And try to remember, you can want things, pray for things and ask for things, just try not let it consume you, for you will only become more hurt and ungrateful.

Love Roz x