I notice and draw the dots together after I finally upload recent pictures to my Facebook photo album.
And my heart pounded in my ears with gratitude... and regret.
Because it had taken me days to realize.
“What are you doing?”
“I’m taking a picture of this sunrise. Isn’t it amazing?”
“Did you ask God to do that today?” My eyes feel itchy. Tears wiggling forward.
“No, I didn’t. But that’s what God does. It’s a gift.”
And we rolled on to our Walmart destination. Phone tucked away.
Okay, I was pretty much living on chocolate and coffee. Don’t judge.
The evening comes and Daddy gets home and I’m able to breathe a little easier. Off I trot to rehearsal and on my way I’m blindsided. The sunset is from another world, from a Greater hand and I am trying to snap pictures as I drive, which is wildly unadvised. I’m blasting Christian radio and my heart is crying and soaring and begging for more. I need more space to contain what He is showing me. My iPhone camera is barely taking it all in.
I pull over. I’m sitting there in a big truck, taking pictures of a sunset as though it’s the last one I’ll ever see. And if it was, wow, what a way to go. The radio was loud and tuned in to a song I had never heard, one by Big Daddy Weave and it’s so perfect.... too perfect... And it was God in that moment and all I needed. And I just wanted to hold it.
I wanted to stay in that glow forever.
As I upload and add dates, I realize... God didn’t just give me an amazing sunset that night.
He’d given me an amazing sunrise, too.
What would my day have been like if I had recognized that my entire day had literally been one well-planned gift after another?
What if I came prepared to give thanks?
Another 5 a.m. morning. Another cup of coffee. Another little bit of worship via Pandora as I curl my hair. And I think about it. Messy notepad full of to-do’s aside. What could the potential of this day be if I started off in preparation to be thankful.
If I prepared to notice.
We know that an attitude of gratitude changes things. And only for the better. If you know something to do that is good for you... why don’t you do more of it? All the time?
I sip my coffee and think.
And say thank-you into the yet-to-be-sunrised morning.
~ What are five things you’re thankful for right now?
~ How do you cultivate an attitude of gratitude in your daily life?
"And whatever you do,
in word or deed,
in the name of
the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to
God the Father
~ C o l o s s i a n s 3 : 1 7