i'll be honest here. i have been going through some definite valleys lately. i've struggled to see God at work in my life in the midst of one mishap after another, one challenge after another.
so i found myself at the end of "my" pier at lake aurora. i always try to claim this peaceful spot during this time of silence and solitude. my feet were dangling off the end and i found myself staring at the water directly beneath me. small lakes tend to have sludge-like floors. i looked at the small pieces of trash and debris sunk at the bottom and the weeds growing up through the water. i couldn't seem to take my eyes off the bottom. i saw a few ripples of light across the top and thought to myself that they were some sort of pretty.
i noticed that my friend ryan had also come down the pier. i looked up at him and noticed him staring intently out at the lake. it shook me that i had never even thought to look up.
so i looked and in one motion i was both blinded by the brilliant light of the sunrise and breathless at the absolute beauty of the lake. tall reeds blowing in the wind, the water rippling, and the gorgeous light of the sun reflected and shimmering all across the water. my eyes could not bear to look, they burned and ached in the sun's intensity. and it was beautiful.
oh and i got it. the beautiful lesson that God was laying out for me. He knows that i am a visual learner. my own life has been so deeply stuck in the mire, in the muck, that i've forgotten that the Light, God's light, is even there! it is so intimately close, but i had to lift my eyes.
when i lift my eyes there is such a beauty, such a glorious, brilliant Light, that it takes my breath away. God is that beauty, God is that light. and it is too much for me to look at. the Light is too strong for my weak and weary eyes. i must beseech Him for the strength, for the healing, for the ability to look on His light and beauty, to view the beautiful full picture of all the things around me. for i've been told that He gives both light and the ability to gaze into it.
who would desire to continue looking at the bile after they've seen the breathtaking? too often i do. i pray that God will lift the veil over my eyes and draw me into His brilliant Light and i will reflect it as beautifully as the ripples on the water.