The truth is, we need more often to pay attention. And “pay” is the right word. Time and awareness, concentration and penetration are the price, the cost of seeing with both outer and inner eyes. The details are there for us to notice and appreciate. To ignore them or view them as trivial is to deny the providence of God.
When I was in New Zealand, hiking in the rain forest, I grew almost delirious with the joy of small things! My camera lens, with its zoom magnification, always helps me to consider closely what I might otherwise merely glance at and move on from . . . My need was to stop, be still, focus, become aware, pay attention–to let speak the microcosm, the world of negligible, unnoticed things. How powerfully God can speak to us all through the ordinary, which can reach us all if we pay attention . . . The magnifying lens of careful scrutiny brings a continual stream of unnoticed beauty into focus for the eye of faith.
~Luci Shaw in Water my Soul: Cultivating the Interior Life
Stilled and cultivating,
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