I was standing at the kitchen sink today, washing dishes and watching the sky grow darker with rain clouds out the window, when my eyes settled on the tree in our front yard.
It’s bright green right now–filled with huge, vibrant leaves that have changed its outline from bare branches to an enormous globe that hides our front porch and door. I’ve watched that tree change from green to golden to bare and back again over the last three seasons in this house, and today it hit me how much I love seeing it happen.
I love looking outside and seeing the world change with sun and rain and snow and cold. I love seeing the faithfulness of creation, of the earth’s seasons that parallel our own. It makes me feel thankful.
This, as simple of an example as it may be, is the kind of thing I’ve heard Ann Voskamp talks about in her best-selling book, “One Thousand Gifts.” After I watched her interviews on YouTube the other day (View them here: Part 1, Part 2), I haven’t been able to shake her idea to name the things we love–from our families to the way the sun looks when it hits the front porch–and give thanks for them.
We’ve had a busy few days around here, we’re off to Ohio tomorrow to spend the Easter weekend with family and I don’t have a new recipe to post, but I wanted to post this simple thought anyway–because sometimes it’s in the sharing of these kinds of things that we taste the most joy.
What are you loving today?