Be one of the rare few
“Never despise the mundane. Embrace it. Unwrap it like a gift. And be one of the rare few who looks deeper than just the surface. See something more in the everyday. It’s there.” – Lysa TerKeurst
I’m a practical person in most respects, so I tend to give gifts that are useful or
inexpensive modestly priced. I enjoy taking a humble present and wrapping it in gorgeous paper with a lovely fabric bow. While some might see this as false advertising, it’s really just my way of adding to the fun. I’ve noticed that most of us like surprises, even little ones, and the trimmings add to the suspense.
I suspect it’s also a sort of reverse twist on a phenomenon that seems at least a little bit regrettable: too often, the most precious and priceless aspects of our lives are camouflaged, hiding in plain sight behind unremarkable appearances.
Have you ever injured your thumb or foot, and found yourself realizing how much you have taken it for granted? It happens with many blessings, I think. Whether it’s a really comfortable pair of shoes, a sturdy and reliable appliance, or an old car that never fails to get us to our destination, we are surrounded every day by things that make our lives easier and more pleasant– things we scarcely ever notice until they are no longer available to us.
Even more truly, we are blessed with aspects of the natural world that require only our attention to bring us joy. A quick walk to the mailbox can show us a tiny wildflower or a spider’s intricate web, sparkling with dew. Ordinary animals, both indoors and out, warm our hearts and put smiles on our faces. And some of the most endearing and fascinating people are the least flashy or glamorous.
There is almost always more to anything than meets the eye at first glance. What will we see beneath the surface today? So much is there, waiting for us to notice and celebrate.