One winter, when in Maui, I gathered all my camera equipment in a backpack and wandered up a steep road to the local airport. Sunset approaching, I picked up my pace, hoping I wouldn’t miss an airplane in flight. I didn’t need to be anxious, for once at the local airport, all stayed quiet. I waited, and waited more, peering in the sky, staying on alert for rumblings of an approaching plane.
Disappointed, I began my hike back but my attention was captured by still shadows casted from tropical grasses and shrubs bordering the road. Taking a breath, smelling that “just before sunset” scent that happens in warm places where oceans and seas are no more than a day away, hearing the low buzz of distant traffic like worker bees in a hive, and seeing the green—oh so much lively green—that I’d passed by unnoticed on my rushed hike up, I began to see how I’d become too focused on what I wanted, rather than what was simply already there.
“Enjoy the journey” is an overused cliché. Yet, it still stands true. We can experience joy and beauty in the simplicity of each moment when we do not fall deaf and blind to the moment.
So, let’s not let the joy and beauty God has for us on our daily paths fall to rushing minds waiting for something else to arrive.
And may we be focused on His presence with every step.
That same evening in Maui, while exploring the grasses and shrubs bordering the airport road, I did hear a plane approaching. Delighted I pointed my camera toward the sky, and later an awe-striking sunset lit my way home.
What I’m learning in 2023:
I’m learning to not only take the path, but to be present on the path, to experience the joy and beauty present along the way.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Have you got your 10 Ways to Lift your Spirit printout yet? Winter can be bluesy, so I made this list to remember simple daily things I can do to lift my spirit (and others). I love it, and hope you do, too! A PDF copy is HERE.
What are you learning in 2023?