Have you ever been captivated by nature? For me it can be clouds or even a special oak tree. I remember when I lived in California, I would always pass by a single oak tree on the edge of a field. It first caught my attention one morning while driving on the highway. I then started to look for it during my drive to work each day. There was something about the beauty and symmetry of this tree. Whether it's a beautiful tree or a captivating sky, I'm always reminded of something much bigger than any circumstance that I may be struggling with. For me, that something bigger is God and for you it may be something different. It's great every now and then to be able to put things in perspective. From what I understand, having kids will also help put things in perspective. I remember one day asking a friend how was he was doing. At the time, things weren't so great, but his reply seemed odd to me. He said, "At least I have my health". Being young, with no health problems, I couldn't fully appreciate what he was saying. In 2006, I ended up in a hospital, on a ventilator and close to death. After that experience, I have a new respect for the words, "At least I have my health". So much of the way we see our world is shaped by our life experiences. My hope is that you look around today and notice those things of beauty right in front of you. This afternoon while driving, I couldn't help but notice all of the different types of clouds and colors int he sky. I pulled into a Home Depot parking lot and took some pictures. Although this was one of the clouds that I saw this afternoon, it isn't the one I wished to share with you. Unfortunately, that picture didn't quite capture all of the color variations that made it special.
Enjoy the day!