It’s mid-October in the Midwest which means the sun is getting up a little slower each day, and the chill in the air is lingering a bit longer. Working from home is a privilege that includes challenges just like any other job. My biggest problem is movement. If I don’t take the time at the beginning of the day to walk it’s unlikely I will find space in my day to take more than one thousand steps.
I’ve grown to crave my morning walks. Our neighborhood is flat with wide sidewalks. It is quiet and still as I step out the front door. Sometimes I’m greeted with a chill that sends me back for one more layer before continuing, but I begin each walk the same way.
I turn on a podcast, and I look up. The sky greets me most days with hues of pink and orange. The moon is fading in one part of the sky while the sun announces its presence in the other. I gasp every morning. How is it possible that the same sky can look so different each day?
This picture above is a view across the street from our driveway. Less than two minutes into my walk I couldn’t help but pause. This bench looked so inviting. I wanted a reminder of the emotions I felt as I gasped that morning just a few weeks ago.
“The Lord your God is with you. He is the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you. In his love he will no longer punish you. Instead, he will sing for joy because of you.” Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
I used to think it was selfish to believe that God was speaking just to me. I would shake off the curiosity to ask if the clouds placed just so were meant to bring a smile to my face but as I have established this new routine in this new home, a shift has occurred. Somewhere along the way, I realized that my Savior delights when I see his handiwork as personal.
I’ve learned that when I position myself to delight in the little things of life, a beautiful sky, a butterfly, the deer that jumps out of the weeds and darts across my path startling me as much as I have surprised her, it is easier to believe Zephaniah’s words.
He takes great delight in you.
Believing the little things daily makes accepting the bigger things easier. The little things for me include appreciating the variety of flowers. Suntan lines and freckles, and a steamy cup of coffee in the perfectly sized mug.
God created the earth as our temporary home, but it is more than that. Earth is the home where we are given the opportunity to meet our creator. It is the place where free will sets us apart from all other creations. And in this context, it makes sense that we can see God in the details because he created the circumstances.
It’s as simple as that, and yet I lose the next step in the weeds quickly. For some reason, it is often easier to trust that God is with me than to believe he delights in me. And then nature whispers in a way I hear more clearly than the thoughts that hand in my mind.