Unexpected Daily Gifts
Proust wrote, “But, instead of what our imagination makes us suppose and which we worthless try to discover, life gives us something that we could hardly imagine.”
As we run from chore to chore performing endless tasks on a daily basis, are we open to the gifts that lie right in our path? As homesteaders, farmers, parents, animal caretakers, there is an almost never ending list of things that need to be tended to. With so many demands on our time, how can we keep our eyes open and our hearts soft for the unexpected gifts? Believe me, I am as guilty of the next person at not taking time to savor the tiny miracles of life. I rush, I get busy, and sometimes I get irritated that there just isn’t enough time in the day. But, every once in awhile, some small bit of beauty gets past the gatekeeper (my busy brain) and snatches up my heart.
Some days its my favorite chicken, Belle, or maybe the coop queen Ms. Featherfoot, pecking at my foot trying to get my attention. Ok, how can you not stop and pick her up and give a chicken a hug! Those tiny beady eyes actually see right past my to-do list and demand that I stop and smell the roses. Or the chicken feed.
The photo I used at the top of the post is from last fall. I was busily cleaning out the coop, or the duck house while the sheep grazed near the edge of the woods. And I had to stop. It was just such a beautiful picture and luckily I was able to capture it with my camera. So many times, I need to just stop and really look at what I am doing and what is going on around me.
The garden hose we use to get water to the water bins has numerous holes on its way down the farm drive. These holes spray water at you as you walk by. Everyday, I add the job of fixing the hose leaks to my mental list of homestead chores. And that’s about as far as it gets. The other day, while the water bins were being filled, I turned around and the hose was spraying about 6 feet into the air. The leak had become worse. And there, in the spray of water, was a rainbow. God’s promise to never leave us or forget us. One of those beautiful unexpected daily gifts.
“ Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 NIV Bible
Until next time slow down for the Unexpected Daily Gifts!
Would you like to read more like this? Kat at Simply Living Simply posted this The Way of the Lord is Good
and from Pamela at Cedar Hill Chronicles, A Life Hidden in Christ
and other inspiring posts
in today’s Sunday Social
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