Aug 17, 2011

the view from a bike

it is much different than riding my car. suddenly things that were unseen are seen and can be smelled and almost felt. like the fragrant apple trees that line the sidewalk that i pass and the family name on the mailbox on that one back road. the house that was converted to have a ramp and a van that looks like ours. the smell of all the neighbors cutting their grass and the woman running the daycare who's life looks really fun but i'm sure still has days of feeling meaningless. i can't see these from my car but they're always there. and i wonder if this seeing is what life would be like to live with gratefulness. colossians 3 says simply "and be thankful." if i'm practicing gratefulness, will my eyes be opened to all that is around me, as they are on my bike rides? will the world somehow become different to me? if so, i need to be within the small "thanks," because the big ones just feel impossible.

thank you for praying for us.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing.
Praying still-
Wendy in MD

Laura said...

"And be thankful." Those words have been meaningful to me of late. Thanks for the reminder. I love that God is present in the little things. Keep those senses (both physical and spiritual) open, Larissa. He is there.

Karla Sensenig said...

Praying that your thankfulness grows and your eyes will see more and more of God and His kindness to you, Ian, and those dear to you. Thankfulness is a good direction for our hearts to follow.

LQ said...

Great way to live! "One Thousand Gifts", a book by Ann Voskamp has refueled my thanksgiving thoughts this summer. I am grateful for that!

Troop Daulton said...

I am not sure I have ever given time to be thankful. Its hard when life seems to overwhelm you. I have certain health conditions that go undiagnosed...I am simply trying to breathe without anxiety taking hold. How are we able to be thankful when I am trying hard to simply breathe...

Barbara Isaac Croce said...

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. For His lovingkindness endures forever.