It was 9:00 pm, a blissfully calm night at Mule Lake. I was sitting on my bed, reading, when my sister’s voice cried from the back door, “Lydia! Come on! You won’t wanna miss this.” Rushing to pull a jacket on, I ran outside, wondering what special surprise awaited.
Meeting my family lakeside, I gazed up at the sky, in awe of the breathtaking view. The moon had begun to rise over Mule Lake, its yellow color reflected upon the glassy waters of the lake. And although the same moon makes its trek across the sky each and every night, that night it was like seeing the moon for the first time, all over again. It seemed brighter and bigger and more marvelous than I had ever seen before.
“It’s a blue moon. It’s very rare, because it’s the second full moon of the month,” my grandpa said in a hushed tone. I wasn’t going to argue with him. The moon felt pretty rare to me.
But maybe that blue moon wasn’t different from any other night’s moon; I just wasn’t there to see it. It isn’t often that I take time to stop and simply marvel at the miracle of God’s creation.
I don’t know where you were while the blue moon was rising, but as I stood barefoot, in a damp patch of grass on the shores of Mule Lake, I had a thought, “I wonder how many miracles I have missed in my day-to-day life simply because I haven’t stopped and looked around me.”
Flowers swaying in the breeze. The joy on someone’s face as they are laughing. The sky streaked with red, purple, and orange. A spider’s intricately woven web. The radiant light of a candle. These are all miracles. We see them in our day-to-day lives.
I don’t know about you, but I often rush past these miracles. I’m so caught up in my life, I forget to stop and look.
So, let’s all do things a little different from now on. Instead of always focusing on our work and our tasks at hand, why don’t we take just a little time off each day to stop and look?
Stop and look at the wonderful, miraculous, God-given world around you. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
I am going to post pictures on my Twitter account with the hashtag: #stopandlook. A few times a week, I’m going to stop and look around me, and capture pictures of the miracle that is Christ’s creation.
Bottom photo courtesy of Anna Lee.