“Countless, unseen details are often the only difference between mediocre and magnificent.” Author unknown
What details in your life seemed mediocre at the time but brought about a magnificent encounter with your relationship with God once you realized His goodness, His presence and His grace?
What about in your trials and sufferings or in times that seem to not be going the way you planned? Have you wondered how sweeter they would be if you accept the fullness of God’s grace and surrender to His will in the midst of what is going on in your life?
Almost every morning, I begin my day with a walk to clear my mind and to ask that God be present with me in my day. When I begin my walk, I ask God to reveal to me what He would like for me to see on my walk. Sometimes He teaches me about life or connections in my life through observation of the ducks or the movement of the water. Today as I walked along the quiet path seeking God’s guidance, I noticed the remnant of a recent storm that cluttered the path with leaves, twigs and pine needles.
As I continued to walk, my mind kept wondering back to the debris on the path. How often in my own storms of life have I felt everything had been blown around, cluttered, out of “wack”? I walked back around to the spot on the path that appeared to have the most debris. As I looked down, I noticed the pine needles touching one another, the leaves over lapped each other and was reminded how intricate each detail of my life is connected. Even in the storms, there are connections to the beauty and joy in my life. In fact, it is through the rubbish that I am able to see the beauty and God’s goodness in my life. Often times, it isn’t until after the storm has passed when I see His grace.
So I sit and wonder how much sweeter would it be to see the fullness of His grace in the midst of the storm? Would I feel an immense joy? Would the suffering appear to be full of love? Would my heart feel alive? Would I be overcome with peace? What emotions would sweep over me? Would I experience the same feelings Jesus felt as He experienced His passion? If so, what would those feelings look like?
Whatever the feeling may be it would be Divine experiencing the grace that God gives me in that moment. To see the details, when I am in the middle of these moments of chaos and trials, through the eyes of God could only be magnificent compared to the mediocre view that I see when I don’t allow myself to receive His grace in these times of struggle.
Each day as I grow closer in relationship to God, I am beginning to pay attention to the small details in my life and see the beauty He reveals to me on my continued journey with Him. I truly see the magnificence in the smallest details of life as I become more aware. Through awareness, I can piece these details together like a puzzle and find meaning that speaks to my heart and my discernment in life.
Are you allowing yourself to be open to the fullness of God’s grace in the midst of whatever it is you are struggling with in life? Can you see the details that radiate His magnificent goodness present within these moments or are you caught up in the moment and only see the mediocre rubbish of the storm? Have you taken a short walk and experienced the tiniest detail in nature that speaks directly to your soul, revealing God’s love to you? If not, take a 10 minute walk and just pay attention to all that is around you, the rubbish on the ground, the butterfly on a blade of grass, even the tiniest ant walking along the sidewalk. You will be amazed at the connection and the beauty you discover.