Avalon and I went to pick up Loudoun from school this afternoon, 15 minutes before closing. The kids asked if they could play on the jungle gym for a few minutes, and it was so nice and warm outside and we had nowhere to rush off to, so I agreed. I caught Loudoun's backpack as he tossed it in the air and rushed off to climb up the slide backwards. Avalon was right behind him, although she had to use the stairs to get to the same place he was headed.
I plopped down on the spongy floormats surrounding the structure, and crossed my legs. The wind was blowing, somewhere about halfway in between calm and Santa Anas. Nobody was around, since the school was almost closed. And once the weight of the day started to float up and away from my shoulders, I looked up, and breathed in all the beauty. The leaves rustling, the branches swaying, the kids giggling, the chain rattling on the gate, the light blue sky with wispy clouds scattered directly above me. At that moment, I took nothing for granted. How awesome and grand this world is that we live in. All the beauty, the gifts presented to us, the intricate details surrounding us everyday.
It made me wonder, how many people are sitting somewhere, just like me, thinking the same exact thoughts?
But really, how many people aren't wondering these same things?
How many people aren't mystified by how amazing and glorious this created world is? The vastness of the sky, the richness of colors, the strength of the animals on the planet, the miracle of reproduction, how our brains work! And how beautiful our kids are, and can you believe God gave each one of them to us for a reason?
You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.
I need to remind myself to slow down more often, look around, breathe it in, and say thank you.