Hi lovies! What a week. Today it reached 90 degrees here in good ‘ole Arkansas, and it was such a beautiful day. Summer is right around the corner! Isn’t that crazy to think about? I feel like it was my first day of tenth grade last week, and there are only three weeks left of the school year. I just can’t believe it’s gone by so fast. Today was Senior Sunday at my church, which is when the graduating Seniors from our youth group walk across the stage in their gowns and have a special dinner with emotional speeches and photo montages of all of their lives. Basically, it was the saddest morning ever. I hate having to say goodbye to my sweet friends who I’ve grown up with and looked up to for so long. I couldn’t be prouder of them.
With this morning’s ceremony on my mind, I attended the Children’s program (k4-4th grade) tonight. Of course watching little kids sing is adorable, but watching little kids sing with innocent and smiling faces about my Jesus makes my heart so happy. The whole program was about kids going out into a field and singing about how beautiful God’s creation is and how we are made to worship HIm. It was such a simple message, but it convicted me so much. As we get older, we stop getting excited about colors and trees and animals. Things don’t amaze us anymore… we get used to the world. We see so much pain and experience so many terrible things that those things sometimes eclipse the beauty of the world. I know that since the tornado last week, I haven’t been thinking a whole lot about how beautiful this world is. There is so much devastation going on right now. I am so thankful that these kids put on this musical about the beauty of the world exactly a week after so many people’s worlds turned so ugly. Yes, sometimes really terrible things happen, but we cannot lose sight of the beauty by focusing on the ugly. We grow up so fast, and pretty soon those kids that sang tonight are going to by graduating from high school like my sweet friends, and then they will be parents and have their own kids singing in musicals. Life is way too short to focus on the bad things. I was reminded of that tonight. It would be such a shame if we let the beautiful things pass by us without a second look. Here are a few pictures I’ve collected of the beauty I am privileged enough to get to see every day.
“the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Psalm 19:1
“O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom has thou made them all: the earth is full of your riches.” Psalm 104:24