"As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; / [ . . . ] Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: / Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; / Selves -- goes itself; 'myself' it speaks and spells, / Crying 'What I do is me; for that I came'." --Gerard Manley Hopkins

24 October 2005

Beauty in the Darkness

Driving to campus this morning, I was not in the best of moods. Spent all day yesterday grading midterm portfolios (they are pretty good, but an entire day of them is still wearing), then spent the night tossing and turning and watching the clock. Then leaving in the deep dark with a cold wind and no moon in sight and people driving towards me with their brights on . . . all those little things that it's so easy to allow to annoy.

And then I drove up the hill towards campus, and just before I reached the chapel, two deer leaped out of the trees, across the road, through the Grassy Bowl and away.

Such grace. Such beauty. Such a reminder of the little things God provides in His kindness. May I think today of grace and beauty instead of nagging little annoyances. May I keep my heart set on Him.


GrumpyTeacher1 said...

I have trouble with focusing on the good too. Hang in there, wherever there is.

Lisa (Froggyhead) said...

Amen! Thanks for this reminder. It must be a grumpy time of year. There are so many demands on our time. It's so good that you could recognize the grace that came to you. May we all have that ability. Thanks Beth.

Cindy said...

"...so much light, such levity
upon this dim and heavy earth!"

More and more I'm coming to see this world's "big" things as actually very small in eternal scope, and things like deer, grass blades, morning light, as very, very large. A phenomenon for which I'm grateful.

alaiyo said...

Hi, Scott -- isn't it just the way in this weird world and with our inability to focus on Him very much?

Lisa, thanks for visiting; hope I will find something new at Messy Musings when I visit in a few minutes -- I've been missing your meditations. Grumpiness does seem to be rife lately, doesn't it? Middle of the semester, between seasons . . . something in the air, maybe!

Ah, LuCindy, so true. If one could just remember that when the "big" things seem to be taking over one's world, mind, soul, and spirit. But today I am writing and thus enjoying the little things -- a word well-chosen, a sentence that's clear, time to reflect . . .

Hoping to read about your family week soon!

Love and blessings to all --