The city where I am located has many factories and manufacturing establishments, maybe even more than residences. The 3-storey house that I live in is old and signs of its age are showing in the cracks on the walls and other places. I am worried about the air quality of this city and also worried about this house falling apart. Often I would wish to move into a new home, a home of my dreams which would be a fine place to raise the children. But, for now, my desire would remain a wishful thinking.
To avoid having discontentment creep onto me, I decided to look for beauty in the mundane, amongst the drab landscape of everyday life. It’s the very reason why I wanted my online home – this blog, to be pretty, why I wanted to chronicle the cymphonies in the cymplicity of ordinary days. At least there are some things I can makeover, there are some things worth smiling about even when staying at home.
While I was wallowing in the blues, I got the Bible and prayed that God speak to me through His Word.
2 Corinthians 13:5 -6 (TNIV)
5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in faith; test yourselves. Do you not realise that Christ Jesus is in you – unless, of course, you fail the test? 6 And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.
Yes, I need to examine myself and see if my faith in Jesus is still going strong. Why am I feeling depressed when God has blessed me beyond my basic needs? His telling me to search for the beauty in life is His way of testing me.
So where do I look when finding beauty? Well, the answers are right before me: my husband and my children. There is beauty in going biking together, in the way he plays with the kids, in him dressing the kids when I need to do something else, in his teaching me things I don’t know, in fixing something that needs attention. There is beauty in each strand of soft hair, in the smooth skin of chubby cheeks, in the twinkle of laughing eyes, in the soft lips that graze my cheek. There is beauty in the resilient hearts that forgive my shortcomings, in the singing and laughter that echo against the peeling walls, in each ‘thank you, Mama!’, in the cries and booboo’s that get comforted by me.
Where we are now (literally and figuratively) may not be what we have in mind, but wherever you are, there is beauty that you can surely find.
I wish I were…
…painting with the colors of sunset.
…hearing birds chirp, leaves rustle.
…basking in nature’s moments.
I wish I were…
…surrounded by pastel colors.
…caressed by clean, fresh wind.
…perfumed by flower scents.
Instead, I am being…
…peppered with dust.
…colored with brown and grey.
…embraced by clutter, uninspired.
But, I am grateful to have…
…small hands in mine.
…soft arms around my neck.
…smiles to cheer when tired.
God never fails to…
…love me unconditionally.
…answer my prayers.
…keep my faith fired.
What beauty in life have you found today?