Routinely

“Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.” Isaiah 12:5

The cardinal fluttered by on Friday and settled for a smidge on the garden fence, its royal red robe instantly mesmerizing. Perched on the pole like a model waiting for the cameras to roll, it sang a clear whistled phrase and darted off as swiftly as it came. My eye trailed after it like paparazzi in pursuit.

The cardinal fluttered by on Friday and settled for a smidge on the garden fence, its royal red robe instantly mesmerizing. Perched on the pole like a model waiting for the cameras to roll, it sang a clear whistled phrase and darted off as swiftly as it came. My eye trailed after it like paparazzi in pursuit.

Clustered in tight starry blossoms, the purple penta protrude beneath ficus trees, sunbeams coating their leaves in shades of silvery light. The Princess palm waves arms above the dense foliage as if to draw attention to itself, the wind swishing through its green plumes and swirling around the hazy blue South Florida sky.

Smashed shells and squishy orange seaweed lay strewn on the crusty shoreline as I slip away for a solitary walk on a Saturday afternoon. Waves creep close and sprawl across my feet, slapping my ankles with their tranquil beat, marking the coastline with salty specks of foam, and quieting me.

Children scamper through the door on Sunday morning, eyes bright with expectation for the adventure ahead. Their sneakered feet bounce from one corner of the room to the next, investigating the creative stations set up in their honor, pitching balls, heaving plastic fishing poles, affixing decals to imitate stained glass. Filing through to the room next door, they are transfixed by fuzzy puppets with embroidered smiles and gifted teachers who speak truth without compromise.

Darting birds, insignificant blossoms, curious children… reminders that majesty and the miraculous can creep into ordinary weekend routines. The Creator leaves his trail of calling cards aplenty. We miss his point entirely if we assume the spectacular must show up and surprise.

Elizabeth A Mitchell

Photo Credit: Bill Mitchell

Related Post

Blind Belief

Blind Belief

“And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” (Matthew 9:27) They desperately needed his help and, despite their obvious limitations, followed him. Two blind men had the wisdom...

read more
Unheard Of

Unheard Of

“He answered and said, ‘But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.” (Daniel 3:25) It is a small consideration in a remarkable story. Just...

read more
Bragging Rights

Bragging Rights

‘“Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.’ For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” (2 Corinthians 10:17-18) They ooze out like sticky syrup, splotching conversation unnecessarily....

read more

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Share This