We had a beautiful snowfall last week. The scene outside our sunroom window was picturesque. Along with the beauty of the snow, I noticed that the tree by our patio was filled with cardinals. That beautiful bright red color was almost glowing against the white snow.
As I sat and enjoyed that scene, I began to think about all of the small things in life we often overlook because of all the “business” surrounding us. Life has a way of keeping us so busy that we miss those small blessings God has given to us.
I was reminded of a passage in the great Sermon on the Mount which says, “…consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (Matt. 6:28).
I began to compile a short list of small things with which God has blessed us: buds on trees in Spring, berries on bushes in Winter, daffodils and crocus sometimes pushing up through the snow, my husband’s eyes, a tiny baby’s hand or foot, a smile on the face of a child or grandchild, puppies and kittens, ripples in a pond, and many more too numerous to list.
The words to a song which our family often sings when we are together also came to mind as I thought about all of God’s blessings.
For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth over and around us lies.
For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree, and flower, sun and moon, and stars of light.
For Thy church that evermore lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore her pure sacrifice of love.
Lord of all, to Thee we raise this our sacrifice of praise.
–Folliot S. Pierpoint (1864)
May our lives never get so busy that we miss the “small” blessings from God.
“Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wondrous works to the children of man.” Psalm 107:21