Did you miss it?

Did you miss it?Did you look past the obvious or did you see it?  It is right in front of your face. Did you miss it?

I took this picture, which has been the theme for My Upside Right Life, before I developed myasthenia gravis.  I am changing it because I am afraid you missed it.

I WAS RIDING MY BICYCLE AT THE STATE PARK

Sunsets at the state park are commonly spectacular. Riding alone, I stopped and unclipped my feet from the pedals.  Without looking through the lens, I held my phone upside down and photographed the sunset-through my spokes.  Did you see the spokes?  Or did you miss the obvious.

Deuteronomy 29:4, “Yet to this day the Lord has not given you a mind to understand, eyes to see, or ears to hear.” HCSB 

WHAT ELSE DID YOU MISS?

Don’t focus on what is ahead so much you miss what is right before your eyes. Don’t miss today planning for tomorrow.  Don’t spend your time and energy on activities that don’t really matter.  Live your life to the fullest. No regrets.  Look around and open your eyes to what is obvious.

John 10:10, “…I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  KJV

EXPERIENCE LIFE TO THE FULLEST

Slow down.  Your children are growing up.  Your parents are getting older. Your friend is hurting. Your spouse needs you.  You are not promised tomorrow.  Fully engage in the moment. God has something amazing for you.

James 4:14, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”  NIV

ENJOY THE RIDE, BUT STOP TO WATCH THE SUNSET

The quickest way to get from point A to point B is a straight line.  I cultivated efficiency, never wasting a step.  Now I am wondering what I missed along the way.  Maybe I focused too much on the destination and missed parts of the journey.

Psalm 119:133 :”Steady my steps with your Word of promise so nothing malign gets the better of me.”  MSG

OPEN EYES

After I got sick, my eyes were opened to things I had never seen before.  My senses were heightened.  I noticed little details.  I heard the birds, I smelled the hyacinths, I saw the spectacular sunsets (and more than a few sunrises), I felt the sweet presence of the Lord.  God is believably evident all around. Do you see Him?

Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly see, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”  NIV

I really am curious.  Did you see it or did you miss it?  Comment here to let me know.

20 thoughts on “Did you miss it?

  1. As a caregiver to my husband a stage 4 PCa patient for 4.5 years I would like to say no, but I don’t think that is true.

    Because I have been a caregiver to my husband a stage 4 PCa patient for 4.5 years and living 500 miles from ALL my family, I have missed so many things. My grandson’s litlle league games, I have another grandson that barely knows me and another granddaughter that holds true for as well. As young parents it is hard financially for them tp come here and with treatment side effects I am unable to leave.

    And because I am this caregiver I am more awsre of what I am missing.

  2. When I worked at it I used to be able to observe and even fit into the pattern of nature which in turn help me be more observant other places. Hard to do that now so I’m working on learning other ways of tuning into the world around. When I’ve been playing guitar and teaching guitar that seems to open my eyes and ears more. It improves my focus. I’ve missed a lot but trying to tune in better so I don’t miss the important things in my life. Your blog causes me to think more about tuning in rather than isolating myself as well as insulating myself. Art of me wants to drop off the grid. But other parts want to stay tuned in. For me it’s a daily decision to drop out or tune in. …….☮ph

  3. This post reminded me of searching the house for something I have misplaced. I become frustrated and angry that I can’t find it. Many times it is there but I didn’t see it. GOD’S blessings are right in front of me but I can’t see them for searching and focusing on the clutter. I need Philippines 4:6-7 daily. Thanks again for this post.

  4. I definitely missed the spokes the first time looking beyond to the beautiful sunset. Loved your insight today. I am one who is so busy planning tomorrow, I can miss the uniqueness and blessing in this day. I am actually visiting Kari and Rob this weekend – enjoying every moment with their sweet family. Took for granted when they were close that I could see them easily.

  5. I was recently told by my Dr that I have ALS, I asked what do I do from here? Keep working, an identity I made for myself, my purpose, or do I spend more time with friends and family, possibly going broke from lack of income? Personal decisions and I know God will provide. Your words are so sweet and encouraging. I have missed some, my three year old has been in daycare all of her life, i feel some guilt, but also slowing down (out of my control) to see thing I’ve missed in her growth. Thank you so much for sharing your journey, it’s a blessing to read and gives me inspiration.

  6. last Sunday night going to a fellowship in the country we stopped and watched the most beautiful sunset I have ever seenGod’s creation draws us to Him as we journey with you we find He is enough

  7. This was so awesome and spoke to my heart more than you can know. I miss so much because I don’t stop and see and appreciate how much God has done for me. I pray that I will never be too busy to pass over what is most important.

  8. After going through breast cancer and the death of three close family members within three years. I have truly learn to slow down to enjoy my friends and cherish the gifts that God have blessed me with. Today it is a new location, New friends and praying for a new ministry that God has planned for me. Your blog is directing my prayers. God bless you with His presence each day and for your family.

  9. I loved “Did you miss it”!
    I think of it as being “tuned in” to what the Lord wants me to see and experience each day. We have to take the time to ” focus” on him and his voice. Scripture says ” those that seek me find me”. How many times are we too busy to stop and “focus or tune in” on how he wants to handle a situation or direct us for that day? I like to take walks without a phone or headset and just ask him to speak to me as I’m walking. And yes I think what did I miss today from The Lord because I was too busy focusing on my plan and not His. He is so awesome to love me in spite of my weaknesses!!!! Thank you for this post my friend!!!!!

  10. I missed it! It’s an amazing picture and I didn’t even notice the wheel spokes. Like you said, I have always been interested in the most efficient way to get from point A to point B.
    Thanks , Vickie. “Your thoughts are precious to me” is the thought that comes to my mind as I think about your writing. Thank you for sharing what God is showing you. Kay

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