I got my first pair of glasses in fourth grade. I remember looking out the window of the ophthalmologist’s office and seeing the individual blades of grass instead of just a green blur. Amazing!
When a ball hit me in the face on the playground and broke those glasses it was devastating. I had been robbed of my vision.
Last week I dropped my camera. It’s not the biggest or the fanciest camera out there, (I have a Nikon D5000), but in this past year it’s become like that first pair of glasses. Like those glasses, it has helped me to see life as individual, beautiful, blades of grass…not just a green blur. When I dropped it, I felt the same way I did when that ball smashed my glasses…sick inside. I wanted to cry. Thankfully, the camera wasn’t broken.
Gratitude, like those glasses, like my camera, is the lens I want to see life through. Unexpected blows and falls may threaten to steal my vision of the daily blessings in my life, but they cannot do so unless I stop looking, stop seeing, stop counting.
my continuing gratitude list #1145-#1172
-Memorial Day backyard fun with family and friends
-our old neighbor boys, now grown, stopping by to say hi
-sunbreaks in a rainy day, just at the right time so we could enjoy some time by the lake
-fuzzy baby ducklings
-a sweet visit with my mom-in-law and the way the grandkids make her laugh
-playing Math and Spelling games in the car with the grandkids
-a fun “girl day” with oldest granddaughter
-new sunglasses bought with a Christmas gift card
-the Hubs going through the photo album of their baby photos with them
-new mercies, fresh starts
-camera NOT broken!
-good doctor report about oldest daughter’s pregnancy
-having all three grandbabies for a sleepover
-crepes with yogurt and Oregon blackberries
-climbing Multnomah Falls with the Hubs and the grandbabies
-having pizza in Hood River after the climb
-a gorgeous day, beautiful Mt. Hood
-driving by our old church and home
-my new bike
-walking to Dairy Queen with the grandkids
-gorgeous weather (finally!)
-Saturday afternoon at the park
-grilling and eating outdoors
-corn on the cob
-the inaugural ride on my new bike
-the Hub’s, (my pastor’s), great message at Truelife this morning
-12 people baptized at Hope City today!